With less than 24 hours remaining until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies have yet to make a splash.
So far, the Phils have only landed Joe Blanton at a hefty price. It is too early to fully evaluate the deal, but it isn’t looking good so far (7.88 ERA in two starts). That’s what you get when you trade for a pitcher from Oakland.
The Phillies have been involved in blockbuster rumors, but rumors can’t help a struggling lineup or pitching staff. The Phillies appeared very interested in trading for Matt Holliday and Brian Fuentes a few weeks ago. Then, the rumors switched to Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. Now, Manny Ramirez to Philadelphia is the latest rumor which has fans sketching out dream lineups but doesn’t help on the diamond.
In reality, the Phillies will likely trade a mid level prospect or two to land a lefty reliever. Some of the names being discussed include John Grabow, Arthur Rhodes, Will Ohman and Jack Traschner according to Jayson Stark.
Another possibility involves trading for a starter after the non waiver deadline in Myers or Blanton don’t pan out. These deals would likely be in the same vein as Jamie Moyer in 2006 and Kyle Lohse in 2007.
An odd rumor from ESPN radio involves the Phillies trading Jayson Werth to the Tampa Rays. The deal makes sense for Tampa who wants a steady outfielder with some pop. However, Werth is a good right fielder for the Phillies and it is not clear what the Rays would give up to land Werth. It’s something to keep an eye on.
The good news? The Mets aren’t expected to make major moves either. However, the Marlins continue to be involved in Manny speculation.
Who knows, maybe Pat Gillick, in his final year as Phillies General Manager, will surprise us all and make a big splash in a big puddle.