Wait, don’t the Phillies already have a lumbering, strikeout-prone, left-handed first baseman? Yes, but Ryan Howard can be gone following the conclusion of the 2016 season. Until that happy moment, sure to be celebrated by Phillies fans across the nation, Davis can play the outfield. Understandably, this is a longshot. The Phillies are rebuilding, and part of that plan seems to include slashing payroll as much as possible. Contrary to popular belief, however, this team is not that far off from being a contender. Many of their young prospects have already reached the big leagues, with several more knocking on the door. In the second half of last season, the Phillies actually went 34-37, a colossal improvement from their dismal first-half record.
With more high draft picks set to reach the big club in the coming years, the Phillies are going to have an influx of talent that may catch the rest of the league off guard. In all those prospects, however, the Phillies are missing an elite power hitter. That’s where Davis comes in. While he has strikeout issues like Howard, Davis is a healthier, fitter player who should excel in Citizens Bank Park. If Davis is willing to take a four- or five-year deal, Philadelphia should consider at least kicking the tires.