5 Philadelphia Phillies Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Philadelphia Phillies Who Could Be Dealt Before 2014 MLB Trade Deadline

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The Philadelphia Phillies are an aging, overpaid baseball club. For this reason, they are struggling to stay relevant in the National League East and they are going to have trouble moving many veterans at the trade deadline. Here are five players the Phils must try to move by July 31.

5. Cliff Lee

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5. Cliff Lee

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If he is healthy, Cliff Lee will be an extremely touted piece at the deadline. In 68 innings this season, Lee has a 3.18 ERA and a 2.61 FIP. He has elite command, with just 1.19 BB/9 this season. Lee has a hefty contract, but the Phillies could decide to eat some of the salary and get some prospects in return.

4. Ryan Howard

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4. Ryan Howard

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If the Phillies decide to sell, they would love to find a new home for Ryan Howard and his huge contract. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that will happen. The lefty is hitting .227/.303/.412 with a 91 wRC+ this season in 218 plate appearances.

3. Chase Utley

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3. Chase Utley

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Chase Utley is a pro. He is good in the clubhouse and he is still an elite hitter, even at an advanced age. In 219 plate appearances, Utley has a .323/.379/.525 line with a 147 wRC+. He is still clearly the best second baseman in baseball. If the Phillies decide to sell, they won't have much trouble moving Utley.

2. Cole Hamels

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2. Cole Hamels

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The Phillies recently gave Cole Hamels a large extension, but he is a great left-handed pitcher so his contract won't be too difficult to trade. In 44.2 innings this season, Hamels has a 4.43 ERA and a 3.32 FIP. He is an innings-eater and he has been about as consistent as any lefty in baseball for several years.

1. Marlon Byrd

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1. Marlon Byrd

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The Phillies, for some reason, signed an upper-30s outfielder in the offseason to a two-year deal. He hasn't disappointed this year, however, with a .281/.335/.477 line and a 123 wRC+. The Phils won't have much trouble finding a suitor for Byrd if they decide to move him.

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