Five Philadelphia Phillies Most Likely to be Traded
Possible Trades for 2013 Phillies
The 2013 season for the Philadelphia Phillies has been one of ups and downs. They sit at 20-22 on the season, which doesn’t look like the prettiest thing in the world on paper. But if you look closer, they are only 3.5 games from first place in the National League East and they are a couple of plays here and there from being back over .500.
The Phillies have had some bright spots this season. Kyle Kendrick and Cliff Lee have formed a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. Michael Young has bounced back from a tough last year to hit .301 with a .399 on-base percentage. Chase Utley finally looks healthy, leading the team with seven home runs and 24 RBI. Jonathan Papelbon has been lights out as the closer, eight-for-eight in saves with a 1.02 ERA.
With the good also comes the bad. Roy Halladay is on the disabled list again; Cole Hamels has started out 1-6 and eighth-inning guys like Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo have still failed to bridge the gap to Papelbon.
Yet, the Phillies are hanging around. The longer they hover around .500, the more difficult the trade deadline will be for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Last year, Amaro started the rebuilding process by trading fan-favorites Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton at the trade deadline to try and ensure the farm system.
This year, Amaro will have a similar decision to make; either blow up the roster and send some of the hometown heroes packing or keep the band together for one more magical postseason run. If Amaro decides to pull the plug, here are five people he might decide to trade before July 31st.
Cliff Lee has had a remarkable year for the Phillies, just like he did last year. The difference is run support. Lee already has four wins this year after not getting one until July last year. Lee has been in trade rumors for the past couple of seasons and would make a difference at the top of any rotation going into the playoffs; not to mention, the Phillies would love to shed the two years and $50 million remaining on his contract.
Chad Durbin's reunion with the Phillies has not been a pleasant one so far. He has a 7.30 ERA in 12 appearances and has had trouble with command. If he can turn it around, playoff teams are always looking for cheap veteran relievers for a playoff push and Durbin's $1.1 million contract fits that mold.
Laynce Nix has been strong as a left-handed pinch hitter off the bench. He's hitting .318 as a pinch hitter with two home runs and five RBI. A left-handed bat off-the-bench can be huge in getting a team to the World Series; just ask Matt Stairs. Nix would also come cheap ($1.35 million in the final year of his contract).
The Phillies took a chance on Delmon Young this year and signed him to a $750,000 contract to play the outfield. So far, he is still trying to find his swing, batting .227 with just one homerun. He could also be a trade piece to an American League team looking for a designated hitter or power bat off-the-bench.
Everyone's favorite Phillie is finally back. He's healthy and playing with the passion that has made fans adore him over the years. While no fan should want to see Utley go, this is the same place Amaro was in with Victorino last year. He had to trade the upcoming free agent to try and get some prospects. It wouldn't be a shock if he did the same to Utley. With Freddy Galvis ready to step up and be the new second baseman, now might be the best chance to get some top prospects for Utley before he hits free agency and the Phillies lose him for nothing.