Does Holliday Blockbuster Make Sense?

The talk recently about a potential blockbuster deal between the Phillies and Rockies has raised a lot of eyebrows in Philadelphia.  It seems the Phillies would have landed Matt Holliday and Brian Fuentes for Shane Victorino, J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco, and Lou Marson.  Does the deal make sense?

It sounds great to think of a line up of: Rollins, Utley, Holliday, Howard, Burrell, Werth, Feliz and Coste.

Just writing that is fun.

Adding Fuentes, a proven left-handed reliever to the bullpen would give JC Romero a break and add depth to an already stacked bullpen.

However, with Holliday under contract past this year, any chance Pat Burrell returning next year goes right out the window.  It would also keep the Phillies from being a major player in free agency next year.  Also, keep in mind Fuentes is a rental player as he would not be signed for the 2009 season.

The real problem would be the state of the Phillies’ farm system if this deal was finalized.  In one week you would lose Carrasco, Happ, Marson, Cardenas, Outman and Spencer.  You also lose your young and speedy starting centerfielder Shane Victorino.

In past years, the Phillies seemed on piece away from making a run, but they didn’t have the prospects to make a deadline deal.  If this deal goes through, the Phillies farm system will be depleted for years.  This is not the 2004 Eagles.  The window to win isn’t shutting quickly.  The core of Utley, Howard, Rollins and Hamels is here for a few more years to come.  Within a year or two, the Phillies could have a lineup with Rollins, Victorino, Utley, and Howard with a rotation of Hamels, Kendrick, Carrasco, and Bastardo.


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