The Phillies have been rumored to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday so there is only a few more days to go to get to that point.
So far, no one from this Phillies team has been moved and it’s looking more than likely that perhaps not too many players will be moving.
The sticking point could be salary, some teams don’t want to take on the existing deals that some players are tied to. The Phillies would probably have to eat a good portion of that salary, but perhaps they are not willing to do that.
Any player traded after the July 31st deadline has to go through waivers, that is the player is offered to the worst teams in the league first and they have the opportunity to ‘claim’ that player if they want to. There are options that go to the team that is waiving a player after such a player is put out on the secret ‘waiver wire’ that is circulated among MLB offices unless news of it leaks out to the press. Just because a player is put on waivers doesn’t mean that he will actually be moved.
Any player traded after the August 31st deadline, will be ineligible for postseason play unless he replaces an injured player.
The best possible trade scenarios for the Phils at this point will be the players whose contracts are up after this season. A lot of teams would take a player like that which is known as sort of a ‘rental’ player till the end of the season.