Hard to believe, but Andres Blanco is one of the longest-tenured Phillies on the 25-man roster. His bat, defense, leadership, and versatility have been invaluable for a rebuilding Phillies organization. At this rate, you might as well put him on the Wall of Fame.
Teams looking for one final piece heading into the playoffs would appreciate a player like Blanco, who’d bring a great personality and ability off the bench. When the Phillies competed for championships they constantly added players like Mike Sweeney, Matt Stairs, Ross Gload, and Ben Francisco to beef up their bench. In some cases, those players won playoff games with their bat, most notably Stairs and Francisco.
You certainly won’t find a top-15 prospect coming back for Blanco, but like the Rollins and Papelbon trades you never know what a young player can do as they develop.
One of the many veterans brought into the Phillies bullpen this offseason can be swapped for a hefty price at the trade deadline. Neshek has been lights out for the Phillies since day one, allowing zero runs through 10 games.
Pete Mackanin has contemplated using Neshek as his closer, which, if successful, could catapult Neshek to the top of deadline wish lists. Like Blanco, Neshek won’t command a prospect with major credential behind him in return. But also like Blanco, a playoff team will want a consistent veteran arm they can trust in high-pressure situations.