The Philadelphia Phillies currently sit in third place in the National League East, 7.5 games behind the division leading Atlanta Braves. Their 36-38 record puts them with the 10th best overall record in the National League and with one of the league’s highest payrolls, it was expected that the Phillies – barring a mid July run, would be sellers at the MLB trade deadline.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro last week responded to a text seeking an interview with six very direct words.
“Yes. But I’m not trading anyone.”
I’ll believe that when I see it.
The Phillies don’t have much reason to trade anybody right now as the market hasn’t set itself. As the deadline nears, prices will go up and moving anybody now wouldn’t get you the value you want out of a deal, so Amaro’s position makes sense for the time being. However, it’s hard to envision the Phillies standing still come the end of July, especially with free agents to be that could bring in some talented prospects:
Much more likely to be dealt if the Phillies ultimately decide to trade would be veteran positional stars Chase Utley and Michael Young, who are in the last year of their long-term deals. Young has just over $8 million left on his $16 million 2013 salary, and Utley has about $8 million to go on his $15 million salary.