Who Will Be Dealt Come The Trade Deadline?
This is the most intriguing aspect of the 2017 Phillies. A solid amount of players on the roster are either on a one year deal or considered to be a movable asset. Kendrick and Saunders in the outfield. Hernandez and Galvis in the infield. A long list of arms including Jeremy Hellickson, Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit, Clay Buchholz and Jeanmar Gomez all have the capability to be donning different uniforms by the end of 2017.
The team’s performance will dictate a vast majority of what happens come late July. However, common sense tells us that they will most likely be far enough out pennant chase to become sellers.
If that becomes the case, look for this new-look Phillies bullpen to be the first position jettisoned, followed by the veteran starters.
The case is a little different with the position players. Galvis and Hernandez will be locked in their never-ending struggle to not be the one replaced by J.P. Crawford and eventually something has to give. Galvis is the more appealing of the option to keep but he will also be more coveted in the market, General Manager, Matt Klentak, will have his work cut out with that one.
As for the outfielders, both Saunders and Kendrick could also be expendable, especially with Nick Williams and Roman Quinn waiting in the wings. It wouldn’t be shocking to see either one or both of them moved at the deadline.