A long time ago, in a blog far far away I did a post about Phillies potential trade targets going into the 2009 trade deadline. The first 3 people I profiled ended up on this team over the next two years. So this year the Phillies are connected with WAY too many people but I decided to throw them all in virtual Phillies unis anyway since God knows my MSPaint talents can only take me so far. Take a jump and check it out.
Mike Adams: 1.26 ERA 2.89 xFIP 8.79 K/9 1.88 BB/9
Hands down the best option for the Phillies if they are looking for a bullpen arm. One of the more attractive things about acquiring Adams is he is under team control next year, but that will also make him more expensive than other bullpen options. It has already been mentioned that Rube is prepared to give up Jonathan Singleton to get Adams, but that still might not be enough and that is a little alarming. Also, PETCO PETCO PETCO. It’s HUGE, ask Wheels.
Heath Bell: 2.54 ERA 3.97 xFIP 6.46 K/9 3.46 BB/9
Heath Bell is…interesting. As you may have gathered from the All-Star Game he is definitely a personality, but is he as good as he’s been the last few years? His K/9 has declined from 11.06 last year to a mere 6.46 this year. Although he isn’t missing as many bats this year he is still getting outs. But if that xFIP evens out it might not be pretty. Also, PETCO PETCO PETCO. It’s HUGE, ask Wheels.
Chad Qualls: 2.72 ERA 3.63 xFIP 5.05 K/9 2.33 BB/9
You could actually kind of argue Qualls being a better option over Bell. His K/9 is lower but so is his BB/9 and xFIP. In the end I still think Bell would still be a better option, depending on what prospects are given up and how much salary the Phils have to take on. Also, PETCO PETCO PETCO. It’s HUGE, ask Wheels.
Carlos Beltran: .287/.381/.512 14 HR 3.5 WAR
EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. But yea, a Met. I originally thought getting him was not very likely since the Mets would most likely want to deal out of the division but apparently that is not much of a factor. So, I guess if it happens, it happens?
Hunter Pence: .321/.363/.489 11 HR 3.1 WAR
Hunter Pence isn’t very likely to be traded considering the fact that he is under team control past this year and, even though the Astros are obvious sellers, Hunter Pence is probably the best young player they have. However, if the Astros do trade him and we can get him for something reasonable I’d jump at it. Even though he looks like a mosquito.
Josh Willingham: .244/.321/.434 12 HR 0.5 WAR
Here’s Josh Willingham looking slightly possessed. He’s a former Marlin and Nat and really isn’t too bad of an option if the Phillies opt for the right handed outfield bat option, of course assuming we give up next to nothing. But Ruben dealing with Billy Bean again makes me nervous. I feel like we’d give up Cosart, May, Singleton, and Brown for him. OK that’s an exaggeration, but still.
Michael Cuddyer: .293/.371/.463 13 HR 2.0 WAR
For some reason Cuddyer interests me. I think it’s because he’s a Twin and when I think of the Twins I now think of Jim Thome. And when I think of Jim Thome I think of awesome. Probably not the most rational thought process.
Ryan Ludwick: .238/.306/.376 11 HR 1.0 WAR
Yea, no thanks. I just don’t think he’s worth the money or the prospects, regardless of how little money we pay and how insignificant the prospects are. Bah humbug. Also, PETCO PETCO PETCO. It’s HUGE, ask Wheels.
So there are your Phillies rumored trade prospects in virtual Phillies jerseys courtesy of tekmology. Who would you most like to see in a Phils uni?