While we all mourn the seemingly-dead chances of Andrew Wiggins becoming a Sixer, the Phillies are suddenly hot. They are 7-3 in their last ten games, and are fresh off of sweeping the Braves out of first-place. Even with their current hot streak, the Phillies still sit six games below .500, with a 32-38 record, and trade rumors aren’t going away.
One fellow whom other teams think might be their best bet to get traded is Domonic Brown, whom the Phillies wouldn’t mind swapping for another young change-of-scenery candidate.
The 26 year-old Brown has struggled to replicate his 2013 All-Star campaign, in which he hit 27 homeruns and drove in 83 runs, as he has batted .223 with just five homeruns through the first 68 games of the season. So if there was a time to kick Brown while he was down, now would be it.
It is worth noting that Brown is batting .286 in June, and it batting over .300 with runners in scoring position in 2014. He also has improved as a fielder, and while he will never win any gold gloves, his ability to track a ball has improved drastically.
As open as I am to considering any trades, I don’t think moving Brown would make a ton of sense. Brown will still only be 27 next season, is still going to be cheap next year, and might just bounce-back in the second half of the season. Even if Brown doesn’t become the annual 35-40 homerun guy that many people thought he could be, if he bats .270 and hits 20 homeruns, he’s worth having on the team while he’s inexpensive. Like I said, Ruben Amaro should pick up the phone and discuss trades on Brown, but moving him just to get him a change of scenery, when he could still help the Phillies, doesn’t really make that much sense to me.