5 Phillies players that should've been traded at the deadline

With the trade deadline now out of the way, we take a look at five Philadelphia Phillies players who arguably should have been moved.
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Simón Muzziotti

In terms of prospects, Simón Muzziotti was one of two we previously considered most likely to be dealt at the trade deadline. The Athletic took it a step further (subscription required), saying he was the Phillies player most likely to be moved full stop.

When it comes to Muzziotti, he was a good trade option for an organization wanting to hold onto their top-rated prospects. At the same time, he still offered enough value to entice another front office into potentially giving up a decent return haul.

In this respect, the 24-year-old is currently ranked ninth in the Phillies' farm system. He was ranked 10th prior to the trade deadline.

Muzziotti has endured an arduous path to the Majors, dealing with more challenges than the average prospect. This includes missing nearly a full year due to visa issues, which kept him in Venezuela.

In addition, the outfielder's development was compromised by a partially torn right patellar tendon, which caused him to miss a majority of 2022. This was made tougher by the fact it came after finally making his Major League debut.

Muzziotti's number one asset is his speed, something which is always appealing to ballclubs. This particularly helps him on defense, significantly complimenting his decent arm strength.

Offensively, the left-handed bat has pretty much proven himself at the Triple-A level despite his lack of power. While his production have dipped slightly of late, overall he has four homers, 46 RBI, a .321/.381/.432 slash line and .812 OPS.

With all this said, you can be forgiven for asking why Muzziotti should have been traded? In this respect it comes down to opportunities, or lack thereof.

Pure and simple, the Phillies' outfield is already stacked with options. With the likes of Kyle Schwarber, Brandon Marsh, Nick Castellanos Cristian Pache and Johan Rojas in the way, Muzziotti would likely get more chances to play elsewhere.