MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Philadelphia Phillies on the Block in 2014

By Troy Weller

MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Philadelphia Phillies on the Block in 2014

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For a team that isn't expected to compete for a title, the Philadelphia Phillies have a handful of solid players who could draw interest on the trade market. The Phillies have been buyers at the deadline over the last few years, but things could change this time around as the team needs to start rebuilding for the future. Here are five Phillies who will be on the trade block at some point during the 2014 season.

5. Mike Adams

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5. Mike Adams

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Mike Adams missed the majority of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury, but the veteran relief pitcher could still draw interest from a contender looking for bullpen help. He's currently on the disabled list but is scheduled to return to the Phillies' bullpen soon. If Adams can return to his old form, teams will certainly inquire about him. He'll be a free agent at season's end, so a potential buyer wouldn't be taking on much responsibility.

4. John Mayberry Jr.

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4. John Mayberry Jr.

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John Mayberry Jr.'s role with the Philadelphia Phillies is limited right now since the team signed Marlon Byrd. He's currently the team's top right-handed bat off the bench -- a role he could very well play with another team. If a contender finds itself in a bind with either injuries or depth concerns, Mayberry could be a player the Phillies would willingly shop. The team could also view Mayberry Jr. as expendable once Darin Ruf gets healthy.

3. Jimmy Rollins

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3. Jimmy Rollins

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Rumors swirled during spring training that shortstop Jimmy Rollins was being shopped, but nothing happened. There was also a reported rift between him and manager Ryne Sandberg, in which Rollins was benched for a few games. He's a free agent at season's end, so the Philadelphia Phillies could consider trading Rollins to get some value back if they're content moving on from him. His veteran leadership and experience would interest someone.

2. Jonathan Papelbon

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2. Jonathan Papelbon

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The Philadelphia Phillies were trying to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon during the offseason, and I doubt the front office has moved on from that phase. His demeanor may scare some teams off, but Papelbon is still a solid closer. He's due a hefty salary this season; if the Phillies won't have the opportunities to use him this year, they should move him while they can.

1. Cliff Lee

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1. Cliff Lee

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Many thought the Philadelphia Phillies were going to trade pitcher Cliff Lee at the deadline last year, but the team never pulled the trigger. One of the top pitchers in the majors over the last several seasons, teams will definitely inquire about him if the Phillies aren't in contention. However, Lee's contract will make it very hard for the Phillies to trade him.

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