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You knew this was going to happen. Last week everyone was
talking about the Philadelphia Phillies selling off their veteran assets with
an eye to the future. Now, after a winning streak – five consecutive wins
against the cellar-dwelling Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers – there is once
again talk that the Phillies could look to add to their veteran-laden roster
for a playoff push.
Regardless of which direction general manager Ruben Amaro
Jr. elects to go, Bob Brookover of The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that he
faces tough decisions.
There was recently talk of Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and
Chase Utley as trade chips. Since then, the rotation has continued to show
improvement, and the Phillies find themselves in second place in the National
League East – albeit with a below-.500 record.
Even after the loss of Roy Halladay and John Lannan, young
arms Jonathan Pettibone and Tyler Cloyd have filled in nicely to go with Lee,
Kyle Kendrick and Cole Hamels. Brookover mentions that Carlos Zambrano is
waiting in the wings, but it’s still to be determined what the veteran has left
to provide at the major league level.
Meanwhile, the Phillies could be looking at their future at
second base in Cesar Hernandez. Utley is in the final year of his contract, and
Philadelphia could have to decide between using him or Hernandez as a trade
chip over the summer depending on if they are vying for contention or turning
their attention to the future.
Brookover brings up other veterans on the roster including
Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young. The contracts Howard and Rollins
sport make it unlikely they’ll be dealt, while Young doesn’t appear to be an
As far as potential targets, Brookover expects the Phillies
to target offense. He lists free agents-to-be Hunter Pence (remember him?),
Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran. He says that Alex Rios could
be a nice get, and believes he might be had for a package built around
Hernandez or Freddy Galvis.
Regardless of how things go for the next few weeks, it’s
shaping up to be an interesting summer for the Phillies.
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