MLB Rumors: NL East Rival Would “Love to Land” Mets’ Tommy Pham

With every loss, the New York Mets are looking more and more like sellers at the trade deadline in one week's time. Veteran outfielder Tommy Pham appears to be one of the most in-demand of the Mets' available players, including a pursuit by NL East division rival Philadelphia Phillies.

"The Phillies are targeting a right-handed corner outfielder in the trade market and would love to land Pham from the Mets," writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

A lot of Phillies fans seem to be vehemently opposed to adding the fiery Pham, who has been known to be a clubhouse problem at times, but the stats prove out that he would actually be an improvement on what they've been running out there this season: Pham's current .827 OPS is actually higher than any other Phillie. Period. (Bryce Harper: .789 OPS, Nick Castellanos .787, Brandon Marsh .814).

Pham, 35, is batting .271 with a .355 on-base, with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He came to the Mets on a one-year free agent deal last offseason. His current OPS+ of 129 is his highest since his first full season in the majors in 2017 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Phillies are currently in the 3rd Wild Card spot heading into play Monday night, in a virtual tie with the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants. The Phils are 15th in MLB in runs scored per game, a few clicks below league average. They could use an offensive boost.

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