Phillies rumors: Five moves the team should make at the Winter Meetings

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 13: Former Philadelphia Phillies player Jim Thome shoots hot dogs with the Phillie Phanatic at the end of the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on August 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 6-3. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 13: Former Philadelphia Phillies player Jim Thome shoots hot dogs with the Phillie Phanatic at the end of the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on August 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 6-3. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 01: Tommy Joseph #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies strikes out with bases during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 1, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Trade their excess pieces

Once the dust settles and Klentak finishes off any big moves the team is going to make, their are still a few excess pieces that still need to be dealt with. The two most obvious ones are Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp, who are both likely going to be replaced by prospects (Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro) in 2018.

In addition, while the team desperately needs some mid-rotation quality help, they have a boatload of backend starters. Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Mark Leiter, Jake Thompson, and Nick Pivetta may not have a place on the 2018 roster. While some depth will still be needed (as this season showed) there could still be a few pitchers the team doesn’t really want/need that could be moved in some minor swaps.

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These are just five moves the Phillies could make at the Winter Meetings. For all we know, Klentak could do nothing listed here and make a big splash somewhere else that no one expected.

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