Right now, the Phillies are seven games out of first place in the National League East with a record of 38-41. The season is close to half over as the All-Star game is quickly approaching. With the way the Phillies have been playing, it will take a miracle for them to catch the Atlanta Braves for first place.
The Phillies are not playing well, yet some of their players have value. Why not get something in return while the players are worth something in the market?
One of those players is third baseman Michael Young. The Phillies acquired him from the Texas Rangers this past off season. He is one of the team’s best offensive hitter with an average of .281 with 76 hits. Young also has showed his defensive skills at third base. Any team would be lucky to have him.
Carlos Ruiz has had his ups and downs this season. He started the season being suspended for using an amphetamine that had been banned. After Ruiz returned from his suspension, it was not long after he ended up on the disabled list for a hamstring strain. He is now back in action and is trade chip. He is hitting .273. He may only have 21 hits, but that is with 23 games played. Every team needs a catcher, whether it is a backup or a starter.
Shockingly, the most valuable player that the Phillies could possibly trade is second baseman Chase Utley. Utley is a fan favorite. He has been voted to the All-Star games from 2006-2010. He has been battling a number of injuries over the past couple of years and hasn’t really played a full season, yet teams seem to be interested. This season, he is batting .266 with 49 hits.
If Utley gets traded, it will be heartbreaking to see him go, but the Phillies have to do what they have to do.
The time before the trade deadline is always nerve-wracking and exciting. You never know what is going to happen. Hopefully the Phillies do what is best and do not regret their decisions in the future.