Found July 19, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
As Major League Baseball's trading deadline nears, the Phillies could probably turn to the private investigator's manual for advice: all of the pieces matter, from soon-to-be free agent Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Joe Blanton, along with the bounty of young players or prospects they could get in return if they decided to trade the established veterans on the current roster. Following a 4-2 road trip to begin the season's second half, the Phillies' season has reached a fork in the road. When they take the field on Friday to begin a six-game homestand against the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phils' front office will be staring at the ticking clock. There will be only 11 days until the trade deadline. The Phillies (41-52) started Thursday 14 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East. They are 11 games back of the second wild card spot in the National League. But a team that includ...
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