Phillies Offseason: How we would approach the future

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Tommy Joseph
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Tommy Joseph /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 09: Nick Williams
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 09: Nick Williams /

My plan begins with the trade deadline, and the movement of several pieces of his current team. Jeremy Hellickson, Pat Nehsek, Joaquin Benoit, and Daniel Nava are as good as gone once July 31st comes and goes.

Injuries have forced Howie Kendrick off the field, meaning the August waiver trade deadline is his likeliest fate.

Rhys Hoskins joins former IronPigs teammate Nick Williams in the major leagues, because he has proven to be ready. Veteran relievers in Lehigh Valley including Pat Venditte and Pedro Beato get their opportunities to play and accrue value.

This offseason I move on from Cameron Rupp, and consider offers for Maikel Franco. I also give free agent Mike Moustakas, a World Champion from the Royals, a very large two-year contract to start at third base. He can prove to be part of the core or another asset at the deadline.

Young starter Tyler Chatwood from Colorado is also acquired through free agency. Compare his numbers outside of that park to his season stats, and he’s a diamond in the rough. Yu Darvish also deserves consideration.

Here’s what the rest of our staff believes should happen at the deadline and in the offseason.