Kyle Schwarber is back in the National League East, but not with a club Nationals fans will be thrilled about.
Schwarber is in agreement on a deal with the Phillies, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The deal is pending a physical.
In Philadelphia, Schwarber figures to play left field and provide another power bat for a loaded order. Schwarber has experience hitting in multiple spots in the batting order, including leadoff where he thrived with the Nationals last season. The adoption of the universal DH will also allow the Phillies to keep Schwarber in the lineup on days he doesn't play the field.
Last winter, Schwarber signed a one-year deal with the Nationals after six seasons with the Cubs. In just 72 games with the Nationals, Schwarber hit .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBI. He was traded to the Red Sox before the deadline as part of Washington's major sell. Schwarber appeared in 41 games for Boston, hitting .291 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and a .435 OBP.
The addition of Schwarber in Philadelphia figures to make one Phillie quite happy: Bryce Harper. The reigning NL MVP went on the record earlier this week that he hoped the Phillies would add another bat and even specifically mentioned Schwarber by name.
“There's a lot of players out there that are really good,” he said. “You've got Schwarber, you've got Nicky [Castellanos], you've got KB [Kris Bryant]. You've got a lot of guys out there that could help this team win, that can lengthen our lineup, as well."
The Phillies have failed to make the playoffs in each of Harper's first three seasons with the team. The addition of Schwarber to the lineup certainly increases the chance of breaking that streak in 2021.