There’s no rule that says a team must turn into either a buyer or a seller at the trade deadline.
However, if a payroll that is over $170 million belongs to a team struggling to make the playoffs, shedding some cash couldn’t hurt, right?
But there’s a difference between trading a starting pitcher who is about to enter his prime and who is the franchise’s all-time leader in postseason wins, and trading a 41-year-old fan favorite who is currently only able to pinch hit.
Trading the first player in that scenario essentially means that any success achieved this season is great, but you’re really planning for the future.
Trading the latter player means that, although it’s difficult, trading certain players can result in acquisitions that benefit the team this season.
Here are five ways the Phillies can sell at the deadline without giving up on this season.