I think the The Philadelphia Phillies would still be smart to sign Yamamoto to a seven or eight-year contract In order to do so, the Phillies would need to dump salary and here is how to do that. Trade Swarber and Walker. Bring up Derrick Hall and Weston Wilson to replace Swarber at DH. This would give the Phillies more flexibility at first base when they want to give Harper a day off or move him to DH without losing defense. Wilson can play just about anywhere and he has shown that he can hit in the minors. It makes more sense to bring him up than to keep Cave. Trade Swarber to Milwaukee for Jefferson Quero (C), Bradley Bialock (P), and Eaton Small (P). Trade Walker for relief help or prospects. This dumps salary and makes room for Yamamoto, giving the Phillies a starting rotation of Wheeler, Yamamoto, Nola, Suarez, and Sanchez with Abel as a possible extra starter and Painter coming in 2025. It also gives the Phillies more options to give Realmuto more rest from catching almost daily allowing him to hit better, and gives the Phillies someone to replace Realmuto down the line at catcher. The Phillies' regular lineup would look like the following: Stott 2B Lead off, should score 100 runs, steal 40 or more bases, and hit 20 or more home runs Turner SS batting 2nd, should score 100 runs, steal 40 to 50 bases, drive in 100 RBIs, and hit 40 or more home runs. Harper 1B, batting third occasional DH batting third should hit 3o or more home runs, drive in 100 RBIs, score close to 100 runs, and steal 15 or so bases. Bohm 3B hitting clean up. Bohm has shown great progress and is our most consistent batter with men on base and men on base with two outs. Batting in this position with these three guys in front of him in the lineup, he should easily drive in 100 runs. Home runs will increase over time as well. Hall DH, IB, and batting fifth should hit 25 or more home runs and drive in 80 or more runs mostly against right-hand pitchers. Wilson or Quero could bat in this spot against tough left-handed pitchers, and hit ten or so home runs, and dive in at least 20 runs. Realmuto, C, DH, or Castellanos RF batting six. Castellanos, however, needs to work on not being too aggressive and swinging at bad pitchers. If he would only be more selective, he could possibly hit the way he did with the Reds. With either Castellanos or Realmuto in this spot, they should drive in runs and hit 20 or more homes each, The same applies for the other one of these two guys when batting eight. Marsh batting seventh LF, Occasionally Wilson or maybe Pache in left against tough left-handed pitchers. When March is in this spot he is the beginning of the bottom of the order that can set up the top of the order. Marsh should be able to steal 30 bases, score 70 to 80 runs, hit 10 to 15 home runs, Castellanos RF or Realmuto C, DH batting eight. Castellanos responded well when moved to 8th in the lineup. If Realmuto bats in this spot, however, the Phillies have the potential to have five speedy runs batting in a row. Rojas CF batting 9th. Rojas is showing signs of learning not to pull everything and has surprising power. He needs to work on his bunting. If he can learn to bunt, only swing hard on pitches that he can hit hard, and hit the ball to all fields, he could be a potential superstar due to his tremendous fielding ability. If he does all of this, he might steal 40 to 50 bases, and score 80 to 100 runs. Who knows how many home runs he might hit playing every day or nearly every day? This line would have the potential to lead the league in steals and challenge the Braves for runs batted in. It would probably not hit as many home runs as the Braves, but the overall production would likely be better. With a top-notch starting pitching staff, combined with this lineup, the Phillies should be able to challenge the Braves for first place in the east, get to the Playoffs, and get to the World Series again. They also are more likely to be a strong team for many more years this way. Backups are Sosa and Wilson for 2nd, SS, and 3B Wilson and Pache for LF Stubbs for C, LF, and maybe 1B Quero for C and maybe 1B? Pache for OF If the Phillies are unwilling to trade Swarber, who by the way we have not won a World Series with, the only real option is to trade Castellanos to Milwaukee for Quero and Bradley Bialock (P) Or we may have to add Walker to that mix to get the three players I suggested above. If we trade Castellanos and sign Yamamoto, we must trade Walker for prospects. Moving Harper back to the Outfield means Hall vs right-hand pitching and possibly Remelmuto, Bohm, or Quero at first against left-hand pitching and Swarber at DH unless we resign Hopkins to DH for an incentive-based contract.Personally, I rather give up Swarber and get more for him at this point than give up Castellanos. My long-term plan would be to put Justin Crawford in RF when it comes time to give up Castellanos and leave Harper at first base. Crawford is not quite ready to make that move yet. At this point, if the Phillies give up Swarber, they would be looking at Hall and a right-handed bat at DH unless better prospects develop. I think it is smarter to build around younger players who will keep this team in contention for the playoffs and the World Series for years to come rather than build around power hitters and older players who will eventually need to be replaced and possible mean a long rebuild time. We have seen how that plays out in the past and it is not good. The Bullpen is tricky Alverado (left-handed Closer) Dominguez (Right-handed closer only if he returns to form) or Kerkering who could also be used as a step-up man. I am not sure he can handle the pressure of a closer role yet. Hoffman (Set up or possible closer) Soto (Set Up or possible closer in certain situations) Strahm and Covey for middle relievers more than one inning when needed. Bradley Bialock as a reliever (from trade above) I think this guy has potential as a short-inning reliever rather than a starter and he does not walk people too much.