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The left-handed reliever has drawn some interest from teams in need of bullpen help, most notably the Cincinnati Reds.
Bastardo was off to a rough start in 2014, struggling heavily with his command during the first two months of the season. He walked a combined 19 batters in April and May, but has really settled down since then, walking just five through both June and July.
However, Bastardo is coming off of two straight shaky appearances, allowing a total of five runs on six hits in his last two appearances. Its not enough to destroy his trade value, but it certainly doesn’t help either.
Bastardo’s contract is very affordable, and he’s pitched well enough that he’s worth a risk for any team looking for bullpen help.
With the exception of Cole Hamels, Burnett has been the team’s most consistent starter in 2014.
He’s posted a 6-10 record with a 4.15 ERA, but his ERA is inflated a bit after allowing 13 runs in his last three starts. Burnett has been pretty streaky this year. When he’s on his game, he’s been excellent. When he’s off, he’s really gotten smacked around.
He’s pitched well enough to have some value, and any team that is in need of rotation help for a playoff push should be interested in him. The Orioles and Pirates have both shown interest in Burnett, and I believe that he will be moved before the deadline.
Byrd has been the only outfielder that has looked like a major-league starter throughout the year.
Batting .273 with 20 homers and 60 RBI’s, Byrd is a right-handed power bat that would interest plenty of teams.
The problem with Byrd is that he’s on the wrong side of 35, and has a contract for next year as well as a vesting option for 2016. While that’s not enough to scare teams away, it could damage the potential return that the Phillies could get for him.
I think the Phils would be wise to do all they can to move Byrd, and cash in on his solid season, but I think the Phillies decide they’d rather keep the one starter in their outfield that they can count on.
The ace is having another fantastic season, and the Phillies have had some conversations with other teams about what it would take to get them to move Hamels.
The Phillies are demanding at least three A-list prospects from any team that wants to deal for Hamels. As attractive as Cole and his 2.55 ERA would be for any contending team looking to put themselves over the top, I just can’t see anyone caving in to pay that steep a price.
The Phillies shouldn’t lower their asking price either. Hamels is one of the only pieces on this roster that is still in his prime and performing like an All-Star, and unless they’re completely blown away, they shouldn’t even consider it.
The veteran starter hasn’t been anything special, but he’s been serviceable as a fourth starter.
There’s no chance that Hernandez gets moved by the deadline, but I could see him moved in August after the non-waiver deadline has passed.
Howard and the Phillies seem to be moving toward an end of their relationship, but it won’t happen through a trade.
No team wants to take on Howard’s contract. Even if the Phillies ate a large portion of the deal, Howard’s production is just so down that I don’t think any team would even want to bother.
Ruben Amaro waited too long to trade Lee. Last year was the time to do it, while the veteran was still healthy and capable of anchoring a team. Now fast forward to the present day, and there’s been no buzz at all about Lee.
Lee’s injury killed his trade value. He just recently rejoined the rotation, and hasn’t looked like his old self, allowing nine runs on 21 hits.
If he can build up his strength and perform well over the next month, the team has a chance to move him before the end of August. Lee’s contract is sure to clear waivers.
Jimmy Rollins/Chase Utley
The two aging stars are both performing well enough to have some good value, but they both have no-trade clauses, and neither seems to really want to leave Philadelphia.
There’s been little talk of either guy getting moved, and with so many of the other veterans likely to stay, I just can’t see a scenario in which the Phillies trade either player.
If the Phillies can’t trade Jonathan Papelbon now, they’re never going to be able to.
Papelbon has surprised everyone with a great season, posting a 1.83 ERA and coverting 25 of 28 save chances.
However, the ridiculous contract drawn up by Ruben Amaro destroys the team’s chances of dealing him. He has an easily attainable vesting option for 2016, and teams are also wary of his personality.
The market just isn’t there for Papelbon, and I think the Phils are stuck with him.
While a lot of people may expect (or at the very least, hope for) a fire sale, I just don’t see it happening.
village idiot General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn’t know how to effectively sell off players, and David Montgomery has come out and stated that the team is not interested in blowing things up and rebuilding.
The best that I can see is a couple of minor deals for guys like Bastardo or Burnett, but the majority of the veterans the Papelbons, Byrds, and so on I think are here to stay.
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