MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies "Keeping An Eye" On Diamondbacks Outfielder

The Philadelphia Phillies are actively "keeping an eye on" Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy as they look to bolster their outfield depth ahead of the trade deadline, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

McCarthy, 25, is having a strong season with a .268/.354/.370 slash line, two home runs, and 19 RBIs. His versatility in the outfield, capable of playing both center and corner spots, makes him a valuable potential addition. 

Despite primarily playing in the corner outfield positions due to Corbin Carroll's hold on center field, McCarthy’s mix of speed, defensive versatility, and team control through 2028 makes him an intriguing option for the Phillies.

McCarthy has demonstrated impressive performance against left-handed pitchers this season, going 12-for-29 with a .917 OPS in limited plate appearances. His speed is another significant asset, with 58 stolen bases in the majors over the last three seasons, adding value on the base paths. 

The 26-year-old was the Diamondbacks' first-round pick (39th overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft. He holds a .262/.335/.378 triple-slash line, with 14 home runs, 76 RBIs, 61 stolen bases, and 122 runs scored across 278 games played over his four-year career.

However, his fluctuating trade value over the first two full MLB seasons, marked by a sophomore slump and a demotion to Triple-A, adds complexity to his potential acquisition.

Some have speculated that a trade for McCarthy could resemble the Phillies' acquisition of Brandon Marsh from the Angels in 2022, where they secured a player with potential upside and versatility. McCarthy could initially serve as a fourth outfielder but provide a valuable option to spell Johan Rojas in center field or cover for injuries to Marsh or Nick Castellanos. 

The Diamondbacks, in a win-now mode, may consider trading McCarthy to strengthen other areas of their roster, making this a situation to monitor closely as the trade deadline approaches.

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