A proper outfield alignment has the right players positioned according to their strengths. The Philadelphia Phillies must continue to calculate their current equation in hopes of having this nice problem solved by the start of the 2014 season.
Free agent Delmon Young wasn't signed to be a long-term answer in right field. The former and now current Tampa Bay Rays' player has been referenced because he symbolized the stopgap nature of this season.
General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been criticized for mishandling the organization since he assumed control after the 2008 World Series was won. But, the 2013 outfield shouldn't be compared to Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Geoff Jenkins and can legitimately be considered a source of current strength.
Despite Domonic Brown's ongoing health concerns, his emergence as an offensive force is one of the best (if not the best) stories of this season. He's entering the prime of his career and isn't expensive. 'Dom' fits in one of the outfield corners.
After Ben Revere adjusted to the National League, he was among the best hitters in the major leagues. While his defense must be improved and he'll always be using Juan Pierre's throwing arm, Revere was a nice trade addition.
It's not surprising that Darin Ruf continues to lift baseball's over big league fences. What caught some people off-guard this year is how 'Babe Ruf' seamlessly switched from left field to right field. He tracks balls well, has a good arm and most importantly wants to remain in the majors. Ruf fits in one of the outfield corners, or in a semi-platoon at first base depending upon Ryan Howard's return to form.
Due to Revere's right foot injury, infield prospect Cesar Hernandez was shifted to center field this summer. It's too soon to tell whether he'll be a regular, or a bench man. But, Ryne Sandberg saw this young man in Triple-A and likes him, so that counts for something.
It can be argued that a veteran free agent outfielder, or one acquired via trade, could be added to the mix this winter. With whatever transpires, the Phillies' outfield situation is far from the team's weakest link.