At this point, we might as well accept the fact that the only way any of the Phillies core would be open to a trade, is in a hypothetical firesale that doesn’t have any real chance of happening.
Jimmy Rollins has said he would waive his no-trade clause in a massive rebuild, but told the USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he hasn’t ever actually thought about waiving it. Cole Hamels only has a partial no-trade clause, but prefers to stay in Philadelphia, and to actually get a return for him, they would have to eat a good portion of his salary. Cliff Lee is still owed too much money for a 35 year-old who hasn’t pitched in a game in over a month now. Ryan Howard obviously isn’t going anywhere.
And from the sounds of things, unless there is a firesale, there isn’t even a chance that Chase Utley gets traded.
“Well, you’re creating situations that aren’t necessarily going to happen,” Utley told MLB.com. “I guess we’d have to see at that point, but I don’t plan on going anywhere.”
I could stand here and get upset about the fact that Utley and Rollins are almost preventing the organization from trying to move forward, but it isn’t like in the case of Utley, they would have moved him anyway.
Despite the fact that ESPN’s Jayson Stark and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman believe that Utley would be one of the biggest names on the trade market, a league executive told Stark that Utley won’t be moved last week.
“They’re not going to trade Utley,” said one exec, flatly. “That’s not happening.”
So we’ve essentially reached the point where we know that for the next 36 or so days, we’ll continue to here the names of Rollins and Utley thrown around in trades, but we know that the chances of either getting moved are slim to none.