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Report: Phillies “will look to trade” Domonic Brown

Sep 5, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

Phillies Brown drops his bat and helmet at the plate after striking out in their MLB National League baseball game in Washington Reuters

Last season Domonic Brown was an All-Star for the Phillies, hitting .272 with 27 homers and an .818 OPS to finally break through at age 25 after years as a top prospect in waiting.

This season Brown has taken a huge step backward, hitting just .234 with eight homers and a .631 OPS in 125 games. And now, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the Phillies will look to trade Domonic Brown this winter for a similar change-of-scenery-type player.”

That isn’t shocking, although the fact that the should-be-rebuilding Phillies are now trying to bring back 32-year-old Grady Sizemore for next season based on a limited sample of good production while trying to trade the 27-year-old Brown is … well, very Phillies-like.

Brown is a career .249 hitter with a modest .723 OPS in nearly 1,500 plate appearances, so his former status as a top prospect no longer carries much weight, but he’s capable of being an above-average starting corner outfielder and is under team control through 2017.

  1. gregbeau - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    He is one of the worst left fielders I have ever seen defensively, a real liability out there. If he isn’t hitting, and hitting big, you need to get him out of there with that bad defense.

    • schmedley69 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Exactly. Sick of watching this guy flail around in the outfield. I don’t care what his age is. He can’t play. I would take 45 year-old Raul Ibanez over Brown any day.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        deal.

    • skerney - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      You obviously haven’t seen Michael Morse play.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        None of you remember Manny in left.It was funny because the man could crush MLB pitching,but it was scary as hell for this old Sox fan.His fielding and general nonchalance was so happenstance that it turned into Manny being Manny.It almost always worked out for him though.If he had a error that cost a run or two,he would hit a three run bomb a couple innings later.If only he could have got pregnant of those peds he took I would have him as a bench player today.

        After paternity leave of course.But how long could it take a male proffesional athlete to give birth anyway?Six weeks tops.

      • skerney - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        I remember Manny Ramirez. Morse is worse.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Are you really sure that Morse is worse?

        I mean when he cut off Jhonny Damon,that was funny,it may never happen again where a LF cuts off a CF weak throw to lob a weak throw to the cut off man who again lobs a weak throw to the general vacinity of home plate. I mean it was sad on many different levels,but we still won so making my point:Manny being Manny.

      • skerney - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        Manny was the king of bad jumps, late jumps, missed cutoffs, etc. They always seemed to be mental errors. Morse has as close to zero range. If it isn’t hit right at him he won’t catch it. Let’s call it a tie lol.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        Ok,but did Morse ever hold up ame g

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        @Skerny.

        Please disreguard that last post. I had a opinion before I typed it and hit post.Just like I gave Berrywhereryoufrom. crap for.I suck.

        I still stand by Manny being the worst LF ever in Boston history.

  2. powershowcase - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    What similar ‘change-of-scenery’ candidates fit the bill for the Phils?

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Whatever laptop that any GM who would give up more than a 500 dollar home depot card for Brown unless RT pays the whole freight.He could have sold high on a lot of players when they were doing somewhat good.He chose to run this trainwreck right on through with no stops.I think JUST to justify those contracts.Sorry Phillie Phans,it is not trolling.I just truly hate how this guy keeps a job and how the Met’s/KC/A’s/Miami/Minn.etc are run with such filthy rich people who just do not want to spend or just spend stupidly.Dammit it is just a vanity purchase just like that Masserati you just bought and had your own personal valet park in the car elevator.

      If you would not drive the priceless car you just bought,why would you drive this priceless MLB franchise into the ground?Oh yeah,the fans.That’s money that will never run out.Wait until the cable companies start realising that people are cutting the cord BECAUSE having MLB/NBA/NFL et,IS the reason why no one can afford cable.You have to pay up to 200/month just so your team gets blacked out during a cable dispute?F-you pay me.Mlb blackout is ridic.

  3. neoshweaty - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    What in his history suggests he is even above average? He’s posted below average offensive numbers every year except last year and, IIRC, defensive metrics hate him which is something corroborated by the eye test.

    Maybe he just needs a change of scenery but there’s no evidence to suggest he’s anymore than a AAAA player.

    • xmatt0926x - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      You’re correct. Aaron’s opinion that Brown can or will be an above-average player is a case of a national guy who doesn’t follow the team on a daily basis and merely looks at the homerun totals from a year ago. Just on defense, which is awful, he could never be an above-average player. This is a guy who has been benched several times this season just on defense alone. The problem is the non-local guys won’t see that in the highlights on Baseball Tonight so they don’t understand what the Phillies problem with Brown is.

  4. sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Ruben… I’ll give you a nickle…

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Is it an old buffalo nickle? I mean was it worth money years ago?I am willing to give an extension if it will go up in value.

      • binarymath - Sep 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Don’t give up on the nickel idea just yet…

        Ruben would likely be interested in trading Brown for a Buffalo nickel. The nickel is old, beat up, and not worth very much. In other words, it’s what Rube would call that a 3-tool player.

        But if you offer him a wooden nickel instead, the combination of old, beat up, not worth much and BRITTLE would be an offer he couldn’t refuse!

        Philly fans are a curious bunch, but they have an uncanny knack for knowing when a player or coach is “done” long before the rest of the country. They have been on the outs with Amaro since the trade for Hunter Pence.

        Between the horrible track record for developing prospects into MLB players, overpaying for aging players, and riding the Howard Utley Rollins horse into the dust, it will take the 2016 GM 3-5 years to undo the damage.

  5. ronmexicoaquafina - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Yeah, and I look to win the lottery…

  6. icanspeel - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Phillies looking to exchange trash with another team in hopes of finding a treasure.

  7. gammagammahey - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Trying to trade a guy at the nadir of his value. You keep doing you RAJ.

  8. Tim's Neighbor - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Just like my dad always told me, “Buy high. Sell low.”

  9. pourman - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I understand why they wanted to be patient with him. He looks like he should be able to play, but then the game starts. I hope a change of scenery helps him, but mostly I hope for a change of scenery.

  10. flyinhighwithvick - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Articles like this make me laugh. Next, Amaro will say Brown is in their future plans. Then they really will try to trade him, find that they won’t get a bag of beans in return, and then place the blame on other teams for wanting no part of “Bad News” Brown. Same old Phillies.

  11. chip56 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    The real problem isn’t Brown’s production – it’s that at 27 he’s about 4 years too young for Amaro’s liking.

  12. Francisco (FC) - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Trading him at this point is pointless, he has no value and it’s not like the Phillies have outfield prospects knocking down the door at AAA.

  13. xmatt0926x - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Nobody who watches the Phillies on a daily basis would question the need to move on from Brown. Just on the defensive end you’ll have to struggle to find a pro athlete with less instinct for the game. Even his manager and the GM have stated that he lacks instinct for the game. This is one thing that Amaro has been correct on.

    As far as his “breakout year” last season, it was a huge 6 weeks that have been surrounded by godawful baseball. During his smoking hot 6 weeks last season ESPN ran a story showing what pitchers were throwing him and they couldn’t believe how many inside fastballs he was getting even while pounding out homeruns. Then the pitchers stopped doing that. Dom Brown then stopped hitting homeruns. He has a looping and slow swing that rarely makes solid contact on a good outside pitch.

    If you believe that some players can benefit from starting over somewhere else where all of the misplays and bad at-bats aren’t fresh in everyone’s mind then Dom Brown is a prime candidate for that. The team may state that they are looking for a return player in the same position but they just need to clear a spot for another player to get a chance.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    David Freese

  15. hank10 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    “Break through” year? Right. So Mr. 30 Day had 27 HRs and a bogus ASG appearance in ’13. Fine. After June 1 he had a total of 12 HRs. That’s 3 per month the rest of the way for those scoring at home. Mr. 30 Day is nothing more than a 4th OF, at best. Another overvalued commodity by the genius GM.

  16. Wesley Clark - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    All it takes is one GM to want to trade something of value for him. Unfortunately, the GM most likely to pull off a trade in that scenario is also the GM trying to trade him.

  17. deathmonkey41 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    In a related story- I will look to have a threesome with Jessica Biel and Susanna Hoffs.

  18. bdinphoenix - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Getting rid of a 27 year old and keeping a 32 year old is how the Phillies roll. However, if you have seen Dominic Brown bat or play left field you would know Domonick has no future except as a light hitting, poor fielding journeyman.

  19. stupidusername - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Doesn’t matter if it’s Phillies-like to keep an older player. He has had the lowest WAR in MLB for just about every day of the season this year and continues to build on it. He’s at -1.8 WAR on fangraphs. Who cares who they put in LF? As long as it’s not Brown then it’s an improvement. Brown is outmatched at the plate and dreadful in the field. He might have a slower bat than Ryan Howard. I don’t think Brown is a ‘change-of-scenery’ player. His problems at the plate and in the field are fundamental.

  20. corky2141 - Sep 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    FIRE RAJ

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