Phillies: A look back at five pre-season projections

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: The Phillie Phanatic performs in the seventh inning during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: The Phillie Phanatic performs in the seventh inning during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 05: Pitcher Pat Neshek
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 05: Pitcher Pat Neshek /

Who Will Be Dealt Come The Trade Deadline?

Trade rumors being my strong suit, I considered this to be my most accurate of the five and I was correct for the most part.

Accurately predicting the Phillies would be sellers at the deadline, I stated:

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"“If that becomes the case, look for this new-look Phillies bullpen to be the first position jettisoned, followed by the veteran starters.”"

This proved to be correct as Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit were both dealt as well as Jeremy Hellickson from the rotation. The other two arms listed proved to be disappointments as both Jeanmar Gomez (DFA) and Clay Buchholz (injury) weren’t even with the team come the deadline.

In terms of starters, I clearly whiffed on Saunders as he was also sent packing before the deadline however Howie Kendrick, as mentioned on a previous slide was dealt to Washington.

Next: When is it time to give up on Maikel Franco?

I did expect either Freddy Galvis or Cesar Hernandez to be traded come late July but, with J.P. Crawford’s early struggles, the Phillies did not have to luxury to do so. Nevertheless, fully expect to see either Hernandez or Galvis to be moved this off-season to make way for Crawford and Scott Kingery.

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