Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

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On one hand, fans admire the Philadelphia Phillies for awarding long-term deals to their (mostly homegrown) talent. On the other hand, fans must wonder if Phils' brass realizes that [Dude A] will be 63 years old and still earning enough money to feed a starving country. It's time for a fire-sale and time to dump high-dollar contracts. The Phillies have players who interest contenders. No, Ryan Howard and his mammoth contract won't be one of them.

5. Cliff Lee

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5. Cliff Lee

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Cliff Lee, out with an elbow strain since mid-May, is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Sunday, June 8. If all goes well, pitching-challenged contenders would likely pony up a couple of mid-level prospects for the lefty.

4. Jimmy Rollins

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4. Jimmy Rollins

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Like Lee, Rollins is 35 years old. While his power numbers have regressed significantly over the past two years, he's still a slick glove. Rollins will be hard to move, but a team in the hunt with a liability shortstop would likely offer a mid-level prospect if the Phillies agree to eat some contract.

3. A.J. Burnett

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3. A.J. Burnett

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A.J. Burnett is heavily rumored to head back to Pittsburgh. Since the Phils aren't likely to contend for a few years, they'd be smart to go after a couple of high-ceiling, low-level guys from the Pirates' ultra-rich farm system.

2. Chase Utley

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2. Chase Utley

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Chase Utley could score some top prospects if the Phillies agree to eat some of his contract that runs through 2018 (with vesting options). If the cash-strapped Phils opt not to eat, he won't fetch much. Regardless, any team in need of a solid second baseman would take a long look. Philadelphia fans love Utley, but they are a smart lot and realize the team is likely better off without his contract.

1. Cole Hamels

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1. Cole Hamels

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Cole Hamels is easily the most desired Philadelphia player. The left-handed pitcher hasn't registered a WHIP over 1.2 since 2009. As of late, the Tampa Bay Rays have been iffy on moving David Price who is under Rays control next season. If they don't trade Price, Hamels will be the the hottest left-handed starting commodity on the market. With a slew of teams clamoring over Price, the Phillies would get a prize package in return.

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