MLB Free Agent Rumors: 2 Best Fits For Tommy Pham

Tommy Pham had a nice resurgent season in 2023, posting a .774 OPS and helping lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series appearance. He added 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 129 games split between the New York Mets and the D-backs.

But yet there he is, still a free agent, out on the market for the taking. He could certainly be a solid add for a team in need, and we take a look at the two best fits for Pham, and the teams in question:

San Diego Padres

This one seemed like a foregone conclusion for quite some time this spring, and yet somehow it's still not done. Talks were reportedly ongoing through March, and Pham certainly has a fan in Padres manager Mike Schildt (and vice-versa). 

Pham played in San Diego in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, so the organization and he are familiar with each other.

With Manny Machado soon to be returning to third base, DH will be opening up, and the red-hot start for Jurickson Profar in left field is probably a mirage, and help will soon be needed out there as well. 

Chicago White Sox

The ChiSox rolled out a lineup for their game Friday night with the Cincinnati Reds that featured Kevin Pillar batting cleanup. Yes, the same 35-year-old Kevin Pillar who has a lifetime OPS+ of 87 and only two seasons with more than 15 home runs. 

Due to injuries to Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox are "taking a fresh look at Tommy Pham, who’s been hitting live pitching," reports MLB Insider Jon Heyman. 

White Sox left fielders this season are second-worst in baseball with a .386 OPS, while their right fielders are dead last at a .332 OPS. 

Yes, the Pale Hose could use Pham. 

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