Enough, for now, about the possibility of the Philadelphia Phillies trading Jonathan Papelbon.
They need to add a reliever, not subtract one.
The Phillies are in the midst of a mini-surge, even without one-time National League MVP Ryan Howard. They have won five of six to close within 7.5 games of first place in the NL East, and 5.5 of the second wild-card spot.
The Phillies are a respectable 45-46. If they are at or above .500 by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, it will be hard for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to justify taking the team apart.
Yet, one move would be prudent regardless of how well (or how poorly) the Phillies play over the next few weeks: Trading for a late-inning reliever who is under control through at least 2014.
If the Phillies remain in the race, they must upgrade their bullpen. Their relievers have combined for a 4.65 ERA this season, second-worst in the majors. For them to pass the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, they need more reliabil...