Domonic Brown elects free agency: What it means for the him and the Phillies

After the 2013 campaign, it seemed as if the Philadelphia Phillies had finally gotten what they had hoped from outfielder Domonic Brown. The 26-year-old hit 27 home runs, while driving in 83 runs and slashing .272/.324/.494. With Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard getting older, Brown was a breath of fresh air and a good sign that there was still success left in the Phillies machine.

Fast forward two years, and now Domonic Brown has been outrighted off the Phillies 40-man roster and has elected free agency. After his breakout season, the big lefty’s numbers dropped off to a measly 10 home runs and a poor .235/.285/.349 slash. While the numbers were concerning, most assumed he would rebound in the 2015 season. Not only did he fail to rebound, the Florida native was significantly worse, and found himself in the minors by the end of the year, replaced by veteran Jeff Francoeur.

Jeff Francoeur was only a temporary fix in right field, and the 31-year-old free agent is unlikely to be brought back meaning the Phillies will need a new right fielder. One potential option is to move young outfielder Aaron Altherr over to right, where he played a little last season, but realistically he is more of a left fielder. Another option would be to look at prospects Roman Quinn and Nick Williams, both who project to be ready next year. Quinn is more of a pure center fielder, but Williams is more versatile and can play any position in the outfield. The Phillies could also look at a another temporary fix, which could ultimately lead them to bringing back the aforementioned Jeff Francoeur or another similar veteran like a Travis Snider or Chris Denorfia.

For Domonic Brown, his career likely isn’t over yet. Despite his struggles, there are still plenty of teams who could find use in a powerful left-handed bat. He won’t be looking at a big money contract, but it’s not unreasonable to think some team will take a chance on the 28-year-old and offer him a fairly cheap one-year deal with intentions of either platooning him or using him as a fourth outfielder.

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