6 Phillies players who belong on the trade block right now

With Opening Day approaching, which players should the Phillies use as trade bait to upgrade the team further?

Philadelphia Phillies prospect pitcher Griff McGarry could be an enticing trade piece
Philadelphia Phillies prospect pitcher Griff McGarry could be an enticing trade piece / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Simón Muzziotti

Simón Muzziotti has been one of the Phillies' top prospects over the past few years, ranked in the top 10 in the organization in three of the last four seasons, according to MLB Pipeline. Despite joining the organization in 2016, Muzziotti has yet to make his mark at the major league level.

In his brief stint with the Phillies in 2022, he had only one hit and two strikeouts in nine plate appearances. Even when the Phillies needed some help in the outfield in 2023, they leaned instead on the underproducing Cristian Pache and Jake Cave. They even gave rookie Johan Rojas the opportunity rather than considering Muzziotti at any point in time.

With the Phillies' recent waiver claim of depth pitcher Max Castillo, Muzziotti was surprisingly designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster, even when there appeared to be a need for outfield depth with starter Brandon Marsh injured. With Merrifield in the fold, Muzziotti has essentially been pushed out of the picture. At age 25 heading into 2024, it appears Muzziotti has yet to earn the Phillies’ trust, limiting his opportunities.

Rather than waste a top 10 talent in the minors for however many more years, this may be the right time to capitalize on his prospect ranking to use him as solid trade bait to address further needs for the club.