Phillies Rumors: Tommy Joseph A Quiet Trade Candidate

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Jul 28, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) smiles after a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) smiles after a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) watches his home run during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves, 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The Reality Of The Situation

Again, I really like Tommy Joseph. I would be totally fine with him as the Phillies everyday first basemen for the next 5-10 years. But it’s becoming harder and harder for me to see that vision come to fruition when you factor in all the reasons mentioned.

As mentioned, he’s a poor defender, he can only play first, and he’s never going to be an on base machine. But he can hit, and hit for power. There’s no arguing the value in that, especially when you start talking about the consistent rate in which Joseph was displaying his power, but it’s also hard to argue the reality that Tommy Joseph should be considered a trade candidate just as much as any other rumored player on the team.

Next: Crazy Deals For Phillies To Consider

It’s sad and I hate to admit it, but Joseph is far from a bigger picture piece for the Phillies at this point in time. And that’s what this comes down to, the bigger picture. I wouldn’t bank on a move, but there are scenarios in play that could enable one.

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