The Philadelphia Phillies thought they had their present and future at third base figured out with Alec Bohm.
That was the case at the start of the 2021 season. Bohm had an excellent showing in 2020, leading to the belief that he could be an integral part of the Phillies’ lineup. Instead, he imploded, eventually being sent back to Triple-A at the end of the season. Now third base is a major question mark in Philadelphia, with Bohm’s future up in the air.
Likewise, the Phillies need to add another bat to their lineup. While they have a solid trio in Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins, that is not enough to carry the offense. Matt Chapman may not be the player he had been, but his potential to revert to form and his power could be enough to make him an enticing target.
A trade for Chapman could also solve the question of what to do with Bohm. He may well need a change of scenery, and sending him as part of a package to Oakland would make sense. The A’s would need to find someone that could handle the position for at least the near future, and Bohm is not yet arbitration eligible.
The Philadelphia Phillies have several holes in their lineup. Adding Matt Chapman could fix their issue at third base.