Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/1/14

Phillies Centerfielder Shane Victorino is in the final year of his contract with the Phillies. Could he be used as trade bait to help the team re-build? Photo by Renee Cendrowski.

The Phillies trail the Nationals by 8 games, and 10 games in the loss column. In a word this season has been a disaster.

I’ve broached this subject in the past, and as mid-June approaches, I think it’s time to really stop and take another look. Barring any kind of run in the next 4 weeks, the Phillies will head into late July as potential sellers for the first time in a number of years. It really isn’t pretty folks, and this isn’t something that one more bat or reliever, or Ryan Howard or Chase Utley is going to fix.

So if the phillies are indeed cooked, some tough decisions lie ahead. Here are some other things going on that could affect the trade deadline situation.

Domonic Brown has been playing centerfield recently for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and . Don’t think that is for no reason. If the Phillies remain out of contention, I think it’s pretty clear you can say “Aloha” to the Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino. If it doesn’t happen before the trade deadline, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that he won’t be re-signed in the offseason. Too much money and really a player with diminishing returns.

More importantly than possibly losing Victorino which is a foregone conclusion in my mind is how this team’s performance now can impact the situation with Cole Hamels.

There are some real tough decisions to make on Hamels going forward. If this team is out of contention and doesn’t feel like it can get a deal done with Hamels, their best bet may be to move him. Hamels could get you two or three top prospects and there would be any number of potential suitors for him, which could help them up the taking for him. If the Phillies gamble and keep Hamels and still can’t get a deal worked out, they’d be in line for a compensatory draft pick. I don’t have to tell you that getting some already partially developed, near-major league ready, cheap prospects is a much better thing than just getting a draft pick.

I am one of the people who says you HAVE to sign Hamels, but in the end, it won’t be my decision, clearly. If it comes down to losing him, why not lose him on your terms, rather than get nothing in return.

Aside from Cliff Lee, Carlos Ruiz and Hunter Pence, I struggle to see who the Phillies could trade and expect to get anything in return for. Rollins, Utley and Howard are all unmovable for various reasons. The options are extremely limited, which is why I feel moving Hamels could look more and more enticing to the team.

Things change quickly in baseball. A week and a half ago this team was 3.5 games back. Now they’re 8. If this was a few seasons ago, I’d be cautious about discounting them. It’s not a few seasons ago, and this team really doesn’t look all that fired up about losing. Again, the team is populated with role players and triple A guys, but there aren’t too many bright spots or reasons to think they can turn it around.

I know people are vacillating between irritated, worried and still hopeful, but I really think this could get a lot uglier before too soon. This is just the beginning of the de-construction. I also wonder how long it will be before the cannon turns and takes aim at the manager of the Phillies.

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