Originally written on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/8/14
One of the most common occurrences in the middle of a Phillies season, at least since 2007, has been the deadline deal that has sent a prospect or two (or three or four) packing, while netting the Phillies a decent-to-great player in an effort to buoy the team’s playoff chances. Since the Phillies division-winning seasons began in 2007, the Phillies have experienced five big mid-season trades (Kyle Lohse in 2007, Joe Blanton in 2008, Cliff Lee in 2009, Roy Oswalt in 2010 and Hunter Pence in 2011), with each of them succeeding to varying degrees. While all the players contributed in a mostly positive fashion the rest of the way*, the biggest gets, performance wise, have been Lee and Oswalt, who proceeded to pretty much own the National League down the stretch in their respective seasons. *Except Lohse, who infamously served up a grand slam to Kaz Matsui (He of 32 career home runs in seven seasons) in Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS, which not only sealed the fate of the 2007 Phillies (more o...
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