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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Jul 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Sean Rodriguez (3) tags out Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (R) in a caught stealing run down during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

If there’s one player on the Phillies most likely to be dealt, it’s Cesar Hernandez.

Cesar Hernandez will be 27 next season. While certainly still young, and under club control until 2021, there are rumors of the club potentially cashing in on his value if the return is satisfying.

With players like Howie Kendrick, Freddy Galvis, J.P Crawford, and Scott Kingery in the fold – along with the abundance of money the team could throw at a player – it’s hard to see Hernandez becoming anything more than a bench/utility player with the club moving forward.

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While Hernandez may not have a place with the Phillies as a regular, he may still have a ceiling to reach with another organization. Again, he’s only 27 and has tools to play with.

I’ve said it before, the Phils are better off not waiting on Hernandez becoming a utility player for them, and should be selling high on his productive 2016 now.

Check back in with TBOH as the offseason continues!

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