Will Kyle Schwarber find a new home before Major League Baseball begins its expected lockout later this week?
It appears he's drawing plenty of interest: Schwarber recently has had "serious" discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are in "full pursuit" of the free-agent slugger, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reported Monday.
Salisbury added the Phillies appear to be more advanced in talks with free-agent reliever Corey Knebel than Schwarber, so it doesn't sound like a deal with Schwarber is imminent. Dave Dombrowski's club is far from the only team eyeing Schwarber, though.
Schwarber is coming off one of the best seasons of his career; he amassed 32 home runs and 71 RBIs in just 113 games split between the Washington Nationals and Red Sox and hit .291 down the stretch for Boston. He also has more positional versatility after transitioning from outfield to first base for the Red Sox.
Schwarber would look great in a Red Sox uniform after appearing to embrace Boston during the team's postseason run. But after declining his $11.5 mutual option with the team earlier this month, he'll be in the market for a multi-year contract that could test the limits of what Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom wants to spend.