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Players’ Performances Hurting/Helping Trade Value

The Phillies’ front office has been hard at work trying to get some pieces on the move to trade suitors in an attempt to re-tool for the future. Some players are making their job easier, while others are making things more difficult.

A.J. Burnett may have just pitched his final game in a Phillies uniform….or maybe not.

The right-hander’s performance in last night’s game could have been a turn off for potential trade suitors in regards to the July 31st trade deadline.

Burnett had an awful outing last night against the Mets, going five innings while allowing 7 earned runs on 8 hits. 

This season has been an up and down season for Burnett, as he was coming off one of his best performances of the season in his last start against the Giants where he threw 8 scoreless innings.   

On the season, Burnett is 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA, and has just not been able to find the same consistency he had last season with the Pirates. If last night’s start has indeed hurt his trade value, and the Phills cannot move him before Thursday, then they will have to clear waivers and try again before the August 31st.

Marlon Byrd is another player who could very likely be on the move by Thursday. Unlike Burnett, he has helped his trade value with his recent play on the field. Last night was no different, as Byrd went 4-5 from the three-hole with 4 singles. He also flashed the leather in right as he made a great back-handed catch on a ball that was heading towards the gap in right-center.

On the season, Bryd is having one of the best seasons of his career, batting .273 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs. He is on pace to set a new career high in home runs, and might be the best right-handed bat on the market. His value as a right-handed power bat would definitely be a lift to any contending team in need of one.

Tonight, Cole Hamels takes the mound in game two against the Mets, and while the Phillies have said that Hamels is on the market, it would take a ridiculous deal for the Phillies to even consider moving their 30-year-old left-handed ace. Hamels has been outstanding since starting the season on the DL, despite the fact that he only has a 5-5 record. He has a 2.72 ERA on the season, and has not allowed more that 3 earned runs in a game since May 27th against the Rockies. Baseball is a strange game, however, and anything can happen. Do I think that this could be Hamels’ last start as a Phillie? Nope. There is a slight possibility though.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Skylar0201

    July 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Amaro has a higher chance of being canned ( about 2.5% ) than *anyone* over the age of 30, has of being moved for better players. This team is really going to sour after this season and at least the next several more until Montgomery wakes up and stops the bleeding!

  2. Jael

    July 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I keep cole hamels I love him we will be in the world series next year.
    If cole hamels David Buchanan if cliff lee is still there if Aj Burnett still there if kyle still there . Can say bye to Roberto Hernandez

    • Skylar0201

      July 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      World Series next 3-5 years minimum? Keep dreaming…

    • Hogey's Role

      July 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Come on, really??

  3. Lefty

    July 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    MLBTR reports Marlon Byrd is not in the Phillies lineup tonight. No reason given. Could mean absolutely nothing, or…….

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      I think it was later tweeted that Byrd was taking a scheduled day off.

  4. Jael

    July 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    udk why Byrd not in the lineup like yesterday ultey was not in the lineup.
    I believe for next year if cole hamels cliff lee David Buchanan Aj Burnett .I feel it going to be the best next year in 2015

    • wbramh

      July 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      The team will win the World Series in 2015 only if 2014 is at least 1,500 days long.

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    July 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    If a slew of deals aren’t made.

    It just reinforces how out of touch and bad this organization is.

    I am beginning to think that some people are right about Amaro.

    He is not even anything but a puppet.

    If he was really doing all these terrible moves he would be fired.

    But somehow he is still here.
    Its just very odd to me.

    I guess Montgomery or whomever it is still likes the old guys?

    Anyway there needs to be a lot of moves before the deadline.

    But somehow I can see them making none.

    The Mets are way ahead of them now.

    The Phillies are becoming a laughing stock.

    • George

      July 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I can see them making no moves, too, but not because the organization is out of touch. To me, if a “slew of deals” aren’t made, it might just be because no other team has offered reasonable trade returns. To make deals just to placate the discontent, such as yourself, is counterproductive and only leads to bad trades and a team built of extremely questionable prospects. The team has to get value in return; if they don’t it might simply be best to keep what they’ve got and wait for better offers in the offseason.

  6. Michael

    July 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Only trades that will be made are for high value or where the next guy in line is ready ie-giles. Amaro has said his job is to win every year and that includes 2015. The minors should produce some talent in crawford, quinn, franco and nola but the team obviously needs to add more talent. Just have to spend those trade chips wisely.

  7. mudmin

    July 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I keep reading that people can make these deals in the offseason but I think that’s a farce. In the offseason you’re competing with free agents when it comes to filling holes in other teams’ rosters. You’re also dealing with the fact that now, some teams feel like they’re SO CLOSE that one more big name could get them over the hump. It’s tangible. In the offseason it’s more theoretical.

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