Phillies trade rumors: Latest rumblings leading up to the trade deadline
After failing to get Manny Machado from the Orioles, here are a handful of infielders mentioned.
Minnesota pulled Escobar Monday night but manager Paul Molitor said it wasn’t related to a trade.
Escobar leads baseball in doubles, but he would sacrifice Scott Kingery’s development time at shortstop should the Phillies acquire him. He’s another player on an expiring deal, so adding him would just be as a rental.
Cabrera is another rental shortstop the Phillies have been connected to in recent days. The Mets infielder has made it known he wants to play second base, which could be an issue internally. Would he sacrifice that wish to be in a division race that could turn into a pennant chase?
Given Maikel Franco’s recent success, hitting .337 with six doubles and seven home runs in his last 30 games, there’s a less chance Moustakas is a realistic trade candidate. Before Franco stepped up this move made sense, adding a veteran power bat with playoff experience. Now their numbers are so much alike that the move won’t be worth it for Philadelphia.
Moustakas’s teammate hasn’t gotten as much buzz, but his name came up about two weeks ago in Phillies trade rumors. Whit Merrifield would be a super utility man in Philadelphia hitting just under .300 with speed and little power. Not much buzz has remained around him in recent days, but it’s a name to watch given his experience at second and in the outfield.