Chatham was traded from Boston to Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Chatham may have a big-league future but doesn't look set for stardom. The 26-year-old was part of the Red Sox's player pool last season but didn't get the chance to make his big-league debut. He's only played 20 games at the Triple-A level, posting a 92 wRC+. Chatham has a classic bench infielder profile, as he makes decent contact and can play a fine shortstop but has very little power, hitting .298/.337/.402 over four minor-league seasons. He'll be in the mix for a bench spot with the Phillies this spring but is unlikely to be an exciting fantasy option even if he winds up with unexpected playing time.
Chatham was added to the Red Sox's 60-man player pool. Chatham was added to Boston's 40-man roster during the offseason, and he'll be in the mix for one of the added spots on the active roster to start the season. He can defend either position in the middle infield and is a contact hitter that's trending up at the plate, although the 25-year-old could stand to develop more power and learn how to take a walk.
Chatham is one of a few prospects that could land a spot on Boston's expanded roster, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. With speculation that minor league baseball may be canceled in 2020, there are reports that MLB teams will be able to expand rosters to 30 and could increase them by another 20 players with something akin to the NFL's practice squad. That creates an opportunity for Chatham, who was added to Boston's 40-man roster during the offseason. The 25-year-old shortstop added second base to his defensive profile in 2019, playing the position at Triple-A Pawtucket as well as in the Arizona Fall League. Second base has become a long-term spot of uncertainty due to Dustin Pedroia's lingering knee issues, so there could be a path for Chatham, who is considered the team's best pure hitting prospect by MLB.com. The knock on him is that he doesn't hit for much power and has an aggressive approach that limits getting on base. One of Chatham's stated goals in 2020 is to add more walks, plus he is coming off a season where he had more extra-base hits and total bases in 2019 than he did in 2018 in approximately the same number of at-bats.
Chatham made 12 starts at second base in the minors last season, then made another 10 starts there in the Arizona Fall League, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. The report discussed Boston's long-term options to replace Dustin Pedroia (knee) at second base, and Chatham was among the candidates along with Michael Chavis and Jeter Downs. The 25-year-old Chatham, who was a second-round pick as a shortstop in 2016, hits both lefties and righties but not for much power. Baseball America says he "is at least a big league reserve" and could be an everyday player, "if he adds offensive impact." The 6-foot-4 infielder hits to all fields and has a career .298 average in the minors.
Chatham (shoulder) will start at shortstop in Saturday's spring game against the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Chatham has served as the DH a couple times since being scratched with a sore shoulder just over a week ago, but he will occupy a spot in the infield Saturday, indicating he has put the injury behind him. Chatham will hit eighth in Saturday's batting order.