The expectation in the industry is that the Philadelphia Phillies will be massive sellers before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET. But that is not entirely accurate.
Yes, the Phillies likely will move their potential free agents – center fielder Shane Victorino, left fielder Juan Pierre and right-hander Joe Blanton – and entertain offers for right fielder Hunter Pence and, according to reports on Monday, left-hander Cliff Lee.
But club officials also are exploring deals that will add to the Phillies’ core – hence, the team’s interest in San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley and Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to major-league sources.
The Phillies’ farm system is thinner than it once was due to their numerous trades for veterans in recent years. But the team could use the prospects it collects in some of its deals and spin them for a player such as Headley or Choo.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is almost always aggressive at the non-waiver deadline, and this year figures to be no different. But this time, he could be going in two directions at once.
-Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi