The Wilmington News Journal’s Phillies blog yesterday has Pat Gillick saying it’s very possible the Phils will make another move before the trade deadline next week.
Spoke to Pat Gillick before yesterday’s game, and he said it’s a “good possibility” that the Phils will make another trade before the July 31 deadline. He said pitching remains the priority, although he’s pursuing a bat, too. The Pirates may be dangling outfielder Xavier Nady and lefty reliever Damaso Marte. What would you give up for them?
To address the players mentioned lately, the Phils shouldn’t go after Xavier Nady. It’s mainly because of his high price at the moment. Are the Phils better off giving up Carlos Carrasco and Shane Victorino for Nady, a lifetime .281/.336/.455 hitter? He’s having a career year thus far, but has never been completely healthy. Too high an asking price.
Matt Kemp, on the other hand, a lifetime .302/.344/.480 at 24? While he’s much more of an unknown quotient, I’d be more inclined to give up value for him.
Of the left-handed relievers out there, John Grabow sounds like the cheapest and looks effective enough to handle being a LOOGY. Damaso Marte could cost the Phils Carrasco. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Gillick seems to value Lou Marson more than his top pitching prospect.