5 Players Who Could Soon Be Leaving Philadelphia Phillies

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5 players who could be leaving the Philadelphia Phillies soon

5 players who could be leaving the Philadelphia Phillies soon
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One of the most interesting aspects of the MLB trade deadline is that a lot could happen, and nothing could happen. That’s particularly true of the Philadelphia Phillies, who have been hovering just south of .500 for most of the season.

Speculation currently centers on as many as five players could be gone by the end of the month. Even the most casual fan knows who is on the market.

For the Phillies, the priority is trading value and experience for young prospects. They are currently the second-oldest team in baseball only behind the New York Yankees, and if they appear to be out of it by the end of the month, Philadelphia might consider taking a step back this year to solidify the Phillies on a long-term basis. A

Asides from youth being something that the current Phillies have a lot of, they've seen the ill effects of what over-reliance on veterans can bring. The team's start to the 2013 season was largely centered around the struggles of Roy Halladay, the former best pitcher in baseball who has fallen on difficult times with health issues over the last year or so.

As a result of the team going for the gold though the years, the Phillies have all but depleted their farm through various trades to acquire established veteran talent such as Doc, and with that window of opportunity to truly contend coming to a close too, it's more than likely that a role reversal could take place as the team looks to shed both age and salary with an eye towards the future.

With that said, here are the five players most likely to be leaving the City of Brotherly Love soon.

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5. Chase Utley

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Chase Utley is in the final year of a $15 million-per-year contract and is the least likely of the five to go, but he's having a good season coming off knee problems.

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4. Carlos Ruiz

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Carlos Ruiz is a valuable commodity: a terrific fielding catcher coming off his best season at the plate. If the Phillies are offered the right prospects, they could part with him.

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3. Jonathan Papelbon

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Jonathan Papelbon is in the second year of a four-year, $50-million contract and that could scare away some teams ,but he's a top-of-the-line closer and the Phillies might decide that's a luxury they can't afford.

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2. Delmon Young

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Delmon Young is only 27 and coming off an MVP performance in the ALCS. The team that trades for him will be getting a bargain, as the Phillies signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contract. His average has improved from .217 a month ago to .274.

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1. Michael Young

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Michael Young is the most likely Phillies player to be gone, having the ability to play either first, second or third, or fill in as a designated hitter. He's got an expiring contract at the end of the year, so a team will only have to pay him the balance of the $16 million he's owed for this season.

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