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Morosi, Olney, Amaro (!): Phillies Are Buyers

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports says that the Phillies should be looking to add, not subtract, a reliever by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Morosi notes that the Phillies, whose 4.65 bullpen ERA ranks second last in baseball, is their weakest spot in the midst of a hot streak headed into the All-Star break. Morosi uses some interesting logic defending his opinion: the Phillies could trade for a player like John Axford or Jim Henderson of the Brewers, Addison Reed of the White Sox, or Steve Cishek to be a set-up-like reliever now while holding on to a trade chip like Jonathan Papelbon for the actual trade deadline.

From Morosi:

But even if the Phillies slip in the standings and sell at the deadline, it makes sense for them to add a reliever. One of the aforementioned pitchers could close for the Phillies in 2014, if not this year. And that’s a significant statement because Papelbon — the current closer, with a contract through at least 2015 — may become available if Amaro decides to sell.

The Phillies would save money by trading Papelbon and acquiring a cheaper replacement. And the decision on Papelbon may wait until August, since his $13 million salary in each of the next two years could help him clear trade waivers after the July 31 deadline.

And if wild speculation isn’t good enough for you, how about this Ruben Amaro quote from Todd Zolecki when asked about trading for a piece before the deadline: “Yeah, I think we’ll try to do that.” This is perfectly in line with the Buster Olney tweet from early this morning, who has heard that the Phillies are buyers.

One player we learned that the Phillies are not pursuing, however, is reliever Joba Chamberalin. Chamberlain was rumored to be a moving piece in any potential deal that would send Michael Young and/or Carlos Ruiz to the Yankees. Ken Rosenthal, however, says that the Phillies are not among the teams pursuing Chamberlain at this time.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Lefty

    July 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe Steve Bedrosian or Ron Reed are looking for work.

    Morosi is wrong, they can’t wait until August to trade Papelbon. IMO- Trade him now to a team in win now mode like the Tigers, and get what you can for him before his FB velocity falls below 90. August is too late, contending teams that need closers will have gone another direction by then.

  2. DoubleTroubleDell

    July 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Could not agree more. Papelbon is losing it before our very eyes . Take back salary but get me Castellanos.

  3. Scooter

    July 11, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Choke. So, we’re committing to lose any trade value that Chase’s ailing knees– somehow the hottest trade prospect in baseball– could get for us to double-down on a year in which we are not– no how– winning it all? Blech.

    • G7

      July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Never say never or no how!

  4. George

    July 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Trading for a reliever makes sense to me. With an adequate BP there would at least be some chance, however slight, for a playoff spot. With the current BP they have no chance whatsoever. Lannan, Pettibone, and Kendrick are not going to get to the seventh or eighth inning consistently, and when they can’t, DeFratus and company are just batting practice pitchers for the other team.

    The criteria should be pretty strict in any trade, however. They would need to get someone who’s controllable for more than just this season, and they’d need to trade from a position of depth; a spot where they would still have some talent left over, such as catching.

    As the deadline approaches, they could still decide to sell if the new BP arm hasn’t brought them any closer to a playoff spot.

    People have to realize that this team really doesn’t have many trade chips anyway. The players with talent are mostly older and injury prone, and have rather latge contracts. That cuts their value tremendously. Whoever goes has to be replaced, too, which won’t be as easy as just bringing up a bunch of second tier prospects.

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