With the trade deadline quickly approaching, we are all trying to figure out who the buyers and sellers are in baseball. One team that should be a clear seller is the Philadelphia Phillies, but according to Buster Olney, they may not be so inclined to sell. This would be a terrible idea.
The Phillies are currently in last place in the National League East, 12.5 games out of first place. Despite there being two Wild Card spots, they are still 11 games out of any type of playoff spot. There is no chance of them being contenders this season.
Philadelphia has a ton of assets currently playing for them. The team has aging infielders in Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, who it could try to get something out of while they still have value. The Phillies could try to use some of their assets to get out of Ryan Howard‘s albatross of a contract. It has Cliff Lee, who despite his contract could still give them a nice hall of prospects in return. Not to mention, Jonathan Papelbon and A.J. Burnett, who don’t have long-term ties to the Phils and should be easy for the fan base to let go. The team could even trade recently acquired Marlon Byrd is the right package comes along.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has been delaying the inevitable rebuilding process for years. He is trying to hold on to a team that won the city’s first championship in decades. If he continues to be difficult with teams, he will eventually lose all these players for nothing. He needs to learn from the recent trade that sent Chase Headley to the New York Yankees, if you wait too long on someone with value, you will end up sending them away for nothing a year or two later.
The time is now for the Phillies to have a fire sale. Trade everyone possible, and get as much as possible in return. The Phillies do not have a winning ball club. The sooner they realize that, the better their future will be.