2 Phillies trade rumors we hope come true, 1 we hope doesn't happen

If history is any indication, the Phillies could swoop in and steal headlines at the trade deadline.

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Paul Goldschmidt would be a dream addition for the Phillies

This is borderline as the Cardinals public position on trading Goldschmidt is that they are not interested in doing so. In a way, their position makes sense as they remained convinced that between the trade deadline and this coming offseason, they will be able to fix their roster enough to contend again in 2024 which will be the last year that Goldy will be under contract.

However, there have been enough whispers about the Cardinals at least entertaining the idea of trading Goldschmidt including multiple mentions of the Phillies over the last couple of weeks to discuss it. There is actually some wisdom to St. Louis entertaining the idea. Being able to package Goldschmidt with an extra year of team control attached would bring back a VERY substantial package that could fill multiple roster positions with high end talent for next year and beyond.

For the Phillies, the interest here is a no brainer. Getting real production out of first base has been problematic for Philly ever since Rhys Hoskins went on the injured list. Going from the rotating cast of characters they have gone with to one of the best first basemen in all of baseball would be a gigantic upgrade. However, there is the issue of Hoskins doing well on his rehab assignment and Bryce Harper's return to the field, but the Phillies could figure out the roster crunch to accommodate a guy like Goldy.

This move in some ways also passes the smell test in that it feels like a move that Dombrowski would make. He loves big names/stars and if you look at every single stop he has made in his career, there is at least one move he made in this mold. It may not come to fruition as the price would be high and that is if the Cards would even play ball, but this would be a big time move to be sure.