The trade deadline is 21 days away. A few days ago, it seemed that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was looking to sell major players to rebuild the Philadelphia Phillies for the future.
With the teams’ success over the last few days, however, could Amaro be looking to buy instead of sell over the next couple of weeks instead?
The Phillies have won the last six out of their last eight games. They are also on a current three-game winning streak. Although they are still 7.5 games out of first place in the National League East, they are only 1.5 games out of second place. They are also only 5.5 games behind in the wild card standings. The Phillies still have a chance in the playoff race.
The idea of players like Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, and Michael Young have been discussed. If the Phillies want to try and make a playoff run, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to trade their ace and some of their best offensive players.
Tonight, Lee will be going for his 11th win. He is tied for seventh in the majors with 10. Lee has an ERA of 2.73. He always gives the team the chance to win. Trading him now will be a mistake if the Phillies believe they have a chance to make a comeback.
Utley and Young have helped the Phillies offensively in big ways this season. Together they have 56 RBIs and 17 home runs. Utley and Young have basically been the Phillies’ offense this season besides Domonic Brown. Getting rid of them would reduce the team’s shot of winning.
The Phillies making the playoffs is still a long shot. Amaro has tough decisions to make. Only time and the Phillies’ play over the next couple weeks will determine which way the team will go.