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Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: GM willing to include cash to make trades work

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to make a deal with their veteran players but so far they haven’t been getting the return that they want.

To try and fix this, the Phillies now appear willing to basically buy prospects they want in trades, as that seems to be the only way to get deals done that the team wants to see done.

As Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports reports, the Phillies are willing to include cash in trades to make their veteran players more attractive to teams looking at possibly making a deal.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said that he is willing to include cash in trades to make his high-priced veterans more attractive to prospective suitors. The idea is to effectively buy prospects, but the strategy is not certain to produce major dividends; most teams are unwilling to trade their best young talent for past-their-prime veterans regardless of finances.

There’s no saying that this will fix the trade dilemma that the Phillies are in, but it’s an effective way to try and sweeten the pot when it comes to dumping veterans to help build for the future.

Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.

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