Kyle Schwarber appears to be heading back to the National League.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, the Philadelphia Phillies have an agreement with Schwarber. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday, citing sources, that the Phillies were making progress on a deal with Schwarber.
Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported Schwarber will get a four-year deal with his average annual value coming in at just under $20 million.
Schwarber was traded to the Red Sox at last year’s trade deadline from the Washington Nationals and played a key role in Boston’s postseason run. His market became significantly larger last week when Major League Baseball implemented the universal designated hitter, seemingly creating more interest in Schwarber throughout the league.
The 29-year-old slugger has some versatility. He can play the outfield, be used as a DH and, in a pinch, could play first base.
The MLB hot stove seems to be heating up, and the Red Sox have some holes to fill after the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees made some moves this week.