Phillies Rumors: Ranking Trade Pieces Before Winter Meetings

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Jun 8, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp (29) checks on starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (28) after his second pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 8, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp (29) checks on starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (28) after his second pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) celebrates in the dugout scoring a run during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

While the Phillies found themselves a gem in Tommy Joseph, the clubs history should tell us to not feel 100 percent comfortable with him as a lock.

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If it weren’t for Rhys Hoskins or the other numerous offensive prospects who could find themselves without a position upon arrival, Tommy Joseph would not be on this list. But in reality his future really isn’t clear.

Yes, Joseph had a terrific season and deserves every opportunity to keep his job. And no, I do not want the team to trade him. However, I can’t deny it’s a possibility.

If the team really did listen on Joseph, it would take an awful nice return for the club to part ways with the slugger. And the wackiness that is the MLB offseason makes this possibility a reality, to whatever extent.

Right now, Joseph is penciled in my opening day lineup. But I can’t say with 100 percent certainty he’ll even be in a Phils uniform come opening day. Let’s just keep an eye out on Josephs future in Philly as things could get interesting.

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