The untouchables: 4 top prospects Phillies definitely need to keep off the trade block

If the Phillies move towards the trade route to find upgrades for their roster, which top prospects should not be moved under any circumstances?
Andrew Painter, Philadelphia Phillies No. 1 prospect
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As the Philadelphia Phillies prepare for the 2024 MLB season, they plan to make some moves during the offseason to help bolster their roster and aim to have a shot again at a World Series championship that has eluded them for the past two seasons.

They have already completed their first significant move by bringing back team ace Aaron Nola on a huge seven-year deal worth $172 million. They have also made a couple of minor league deals on the side to add further depth to their system. 

However, the Phillies don’t appear to be done yet as they look to continue to retool their lineup in a determined attempt to improve their chances from last season. If they don't find their potential solution in free agency, they could ultimately turn towards exploring the trade route to address their needs. 

If they do proceed in that direction, more than likely it will require the use of some of their prized assets in the form of top prospects in the organization as trade bait. However, at the same time, the Phillies probably don’t want to deplete their system to jeopardize their future success. Which of their prospects should be deemed untouchable this offseason?

Here are four top prospects in the Phillies’ system that they should keep away from trade talks at all costs. Losing any of these players could potentially come back to haunt them in a big way in the not-so-distant future.