The Winter Meetings take place from Dec. 3-6 in Nashville, Tennessee, where many signings and trades occur. It's not anticipated that the Philadelphia Phillies will be as active at the Winter Meetings as some teams following the re-signing of Aaron Nola earlier in November.
Over the years, the Phillies' front office has made some significant moves at the Winter Meetings. Think back to the Pete Rose signing in 1978 or the 1974 Tug McGraw trade with the New York Mets. Current ace Zack Wheeler was signed away from the Mets during the Winter Meetings in 2019. Most recently, during the 2022 Winter Meetings, Philadelphia agreed to an 11-year, $300 million contract with free agent shortstop Trea Turner.
The Phillies are anticipated to make only minor moves for the remainder of the offseason and are unlikely to trade for any of these players if Dombrowski's comments during the Nola re-signing are any indication.
However, could Philadelphia surprise by making a blockbuster trade and make an impact at the Winter Meetings for a second consecutive year? Let's take a look at who the Phillies would need to trade to acquire five players who have been involved in trade rumors leading up to the Winter Meetings.
While the prospect of acquiring any of these five players is enticing for Philadelphia's roster presently, their president of baseball operations should strongly consider how much of the organization's top prospect pool it is willing to trade away.
FIRST: A star outfielder recently rumored to be on the trade block.