There's a lot of talk about what the Phillies need to get as they sell off pieces over the next 39 hours. Indeed, they look like major sellers after this weekend's dud in Atlanta. National and local media types are listing Shane Victorino, Juan Pierre, Joe Blanton, Ty Wigginton, and Hunter Pence as possibilities. I list my trade deadline hopes here. One thing I keep hearing is that the Phillies must trade for certain needs- maybe that need is a reliever, maybe it's a third baseman, maybe it's an outfielder- you get the idea. I'm going to take a totally different view here. I think the Phillies have two main goals here:
Make damn sure they do not go over the luxury tax in a season where they're going nowhere.
Get as many good prospects as they can to replenish a depleted minor league system.
Now, I know that many fans will dispute this and say they need all major league ready talents. It's important to remember though, they don't have to do anything for the next 60 games. While th...