When a contending team like the Philadelphia Phillies head towards the trade deadline, they often have a dilemma on their hands. To give the team the most optimal chance to make the postseason, they should look to the trade route for potential upgrades for the team. In doing so, very often the assets given up are valuable prospects within the organization in exchange for proven MLB players that could be difference makers for the team. But giving up too many prospects could potentially jeopardize a team’s future success down the road, especially if the current trades don’t end up producing a championship title for the ballclub.
As a result, a team should be selective in terms of determining which value prospects will be available as trade bait, and which ones should be declared untouchable and not end up being traded under any circumstances possible. That way, it could help prolong the team’s contention window, as well as maintaining future success for the team. Finding the right balance is what differentiates a team that could produce a dynasty, from a team that could be just a “one-and-done” fairytale.
With that in mind, here we will take a look at three top Phillies prospects in the organization that should be given the “untouchable” status no matter who is at play in the potential trade deal. If the Phillies’ for whatever reason end up moving one of these three players, they must be willing to accept the future consequences of them becoming star-calibre players that come back to haunt them for many years to come.