Will the Phillies be buyers or sellers at the 2022 trade deadline?
If the Philadelphia Phillies can’t figure it out, they could be sellers at the trade deadline.
After losing two of three to the San Diego Padres, they’re 18-20 and while they’re still in second place in the NL East, they’re a full seven games behind the New York Mets. The offense is uneven and Bryce Harper’s UCL injury is going to keep him out of the outfield for at least two months, which isn’t promising.
The Phillies have several players hitting free agency at the end of this year who would be attractive trade targets for contending teams. Dealing them away would enable the Phillies to beef up their farm system, empty the payroll, and build upon their big stars for next season.
MLB insider predicts Phillies will trade Corey Knebel at the deadline
According to MLB insider Robert Murray, Knebel’s name is “worth mentioning” in trade speculation. Knebel, a career 3.24 ERA reliever, is leading the NL with 15 games finished. 13 of his 16 games are shutout appearances, and he’s yet to allow a home run.
Selling isn’t the best idea, but it’s certainly not the worst, either. Sometimes, the pieces are good, but they just don’t fit. The current losing record would indicate that’s the case.
The Phillies have Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, and Zack Wheeler all under contract through at least 2024. That’s a solid core to build around, especially when you factor in Rhys Hoskins, Bryson Stott, Mickey Moniak, and the impressive pitching prospects rising through the farm. While it would be disappointing to acknowledge another failed season, especially after ownership finally agreed to exceed the luxury tax threshold
Maybe this year isn’t the year (again). That’s what the Phillies need to figure out, and as soon as possible. Because if it’s not, they need to start planning for next year.