Prior to yesterday’s late-game loss to the Cardinals, I began to wonder if a sixth straight win by a Phillies’ team that isn’t that far removed from being tied for the worst record in the National League, would sway management to not sell at the deadline. I thought that would be a foolish move, but look who we’re talking about.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, even Ruben Amaro can’t be fooled into trying to be a buyer this trade-deadline.
While they’ve had a recent upswing, the Phillies pretty much know they have to regroup with younger players.
As for who could be moved, Cafardo looked at the entire Phillies’ outfield, with the obvious exception of Aaron Altherr, as players who could be moved.
Outfielders Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and John Mayberry appear to be available.
In the case of Byrd and Revere, we haven’t heard a ton in the way of formally hearing they are available, but it isn’t earth-shattering news that the Phillies could move either of them. If reports about other two, Brown and Mayberry, are true, they might be the most likely to get traded.
- Dom Brown-On Thursday, ESPN’s Jayson Stark said that league executives feel that Brown may be the ‘best bet’ of any of the big-name Phillies to get traded. While I understand that a change of scenery could do Brown well, how will that really help the Phillies? If you have a 26 year-old, cheap outfielder, who is just a year removed from being an All-Star, wouldn’t you be better served by holding onto him and seeing if he doesn’t find success again?
- John Mayberry-I projected Mayberry as a piece who would be very attractive to contenders a few weeks ago, and sure enough, Wednesday CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reported that both the Yankees and Red Sox have interest in the 30 year-old. On paper, the idea of adding someone who won’t cost a ton, can play four positions, and mashes left-handed pitching makes some sense for a contending team.
- Ben Revere- This is the first that we have really heard of Revere being available, but why not? Yeah, he’s cheap and young, so the Phillies most likely won’t move him, but he isn’t holding up his end of the bargain this year. After a foot-injury ended a strong second-half rebound from Revere in 2013, I think a majority of us expected him to hit over .300 and steal 40 plus bases. Instead, his fielding as been as atrocious as ever, and he’s only batting .280. He has stolen 20 bags in 22 attempts, but that’s really all he’s provided to the team this year. So yeah, listening on him makes sense, especially when Byrd technically could play center if they traded him.
- Marlon Byrd-If Byrd was a free-agent to be, then he’d have a serious trade market. He isn’t. Like Mayberry, Byrd’s power numbers against lefties would be interesting to a contender, except, unlike Mayberry, Byrd has another season at eight million in 2015. After that, Byrd has a vesting option for 2016 that is very similar to the one that is about to vest for Jimmy Rollins. At 36, no one is trading for that.