Phillies: Five players who could be traded this offseason

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cesar Hernandez #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the Oakland Athletics during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Cesar Hernandez #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the Oakland Athletics during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: Aaron Altherr #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles in the dugout after hitting a two run homerun in the bottom of the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: Aaron Altherr #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles in the dugout after hitting a two run homerun in the bottom of the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

After a dreadful second half the Phillies could be looking to overhaul the 25-man roster

Once 15 games over .500, the Phillies have suffered an epic collapse and are playing under .500 for the first time since April 9 going into the final week of the season. After their pitching carried them through the first 100 games the entire team has lost it’s gas and fallen flat.

Now entering one of the biggest offseasons in recent memory the Phillies will have some major decisions to make regarding players already on the roster before they add any other stars.

Here are five players who could find themselves off the major league roster and with another team by opening day 2019.

Aaron Altherr

The Phillies have been enamored with Aaron Altherr’s talents since he arrived on a full-time basis in 2015. Personally I’ve always seen Altherr as a AAAA outfielder, similar to John Mayberry Jr. who could pop 15 home runs but never be a full-time major league contributor.

Player A is Altherr, and Player B is Mayberry, who is no longer in Major League Baseball.

Injuries have hurt Altherr and this year he found himself out of a major league job after Nick Williams took over in right field. The combination of this year’s free agent possibilities and the emergences of Nick Williams/Roman Quinn feel like the end of Altherr in Philadelphia.

The value for Altherr is at an all-time low, and the Phillies might end up keeping him in Lehigh Valley or even designate him for assignment to clear way for prospects on the 40-man roster.

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