I want you to do a little GM exercise today. Copy and paste the Phillies active roster into a Word Document today and don’t touch it for 12 days. Take a look again on Aug 1 and if that roster has not changed, you have successfully performed your first magic trick.
The Phillies will be buyers or sellers in some way, shape, or form at the trading deadline, but they aren’t likely to be nonexistent onlookers. It becomes more likely with each Phillies win that they will be buyers, but let’s prepare ourselves for the doomsday scenario (as I have) and assume the Phils sell the farm. Let’s pretend that the Phillies trade pretty much everyone (Lee, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz, Kendrick, Papelbon, and Michael Young). Consider this your first therapy session.
Here’s how the Phillies would look on paper: