Phillies: Time to go all in with an Anthony Rendon trade?
Putting the deal together
The Machado deal made last offseason should be the baseline for Washington this summer should they move Rendon, a pending free agent who has hit .300 with at least 60 extra-base hits in consecutive seasons.
As stated earlier, if Rendon is likely to re-sign with the Phillies, than top prospect Alec Bohm is fair game. If Philadelphia isn’t ready to take that risk, then Bohm should remain in the organization as the third baseman of the future.
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Should Bohm be off the table, the Phillies will likely have to give up two or three top-10 prospects for Rendon’s services. Medina, Moniak, and Romero fit the bill there. The only sticking point with Romero is whether or not the Phillies want to deal their top left-handed pitching prospect.
One of Philadelphia’s two prominent catching prospects would also be available in this type of deal.
The Phillies also have several pitchers in the lower ranks of their farm system with high upsides such as Kyle Young, Kevin Gowdy, and Kyle Dohy. Gowdy, the Phillies second round pick in 2017, is pitching for Single-A Lakewood after missing last year due to Tommy John surgery.
Young, a monster on the mound at nearly seven feet tall, has appeared in just four games this year due to injury.
This would hurt Philadelphia’s ability to add a starting pitcher, but they still have several shortstops other teams could covet. By drafting Bryson Stott in the first round, Philadelphia has opened up their shortstops to teams such as Arizona in a deal for Zack Greinke or San Francisco with Madison Bumgarner.
Regardless of who the Phillies would give up in this hypothetical trade for one of baseball’s best third basemen, it’ll be a megadeal that drives the team into October. As long as they can sustain the farm system and not dry it out like Ruben Amaro Jr. did, the organization should go all-in while the window is open.