Why the Phillies should not be passive at the trade deadline

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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies plays shortstop in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies plays shortstop in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 26: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 26, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Evaluating the needs

As the Phillies prep for the rest of the regular season and plan for October they still need starting pitching and bullpen help, both which have shown over the last two games. Yet, they remain very hesitant to trade any prospects to make a blockbuster deal, just as they did with Manny Machado.

Let’s play internet GM for a second. I am not one of the people that believed the Phillies should have sacrificed Sixto Sanchez, Alec Bohm and Adonis Medina all in one deal. I, however, would have made three rules: No Sanchez, no Bohm, and not giving up the third, fourth and fifth prospects (Medina, Adam Haseley, and JoJo Romero) all in one deal. I would have offered a deal consisting of Medina, Haseley or Mickey Moniak, Jhailyn Ortiz and an option of Ranger Suarez or Cole Irvin. But while that deal is in the past I believe the rules could apply to a blockbuster deal in the near future.

Klentak did deal with the major offensive issue on the team, an infield bat. I would rather keep Roman Quinn than trading for an outfield bat like Nicholas Castellanos, Derek Dietrich, or Adam Jones. While it is not the best offense in the league, it has improved with the addition of Cabrera and will hopefully be good enough to guide the Phillies to a playoff berth.

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