MLB Trade Rumors: 25 Prospects the Phillies Could Consider Dealing

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MLB Trade Rumors: 25 Prospects the Phillies Could Consider Dealing
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

There is a chance that the Philadelphia Phillies will be buyers at the July 31 trade deadline, but it is a shadow of a chance—and that may be a little optimistic.

But hey, this is the United States of America, right? This country was built on hopes and dreams, so its national pastime should operate in the same manner.

Okay, enough with the mushy stuff. It's time to get serious. As things stand right now, the Phillies won't be doing any buying come the end of this month. But the club has remained adamant that if they can get on a roll with all of their big names healthy—and Roy Halladay's start on Tuesday was the final domino to fall—then maybe, just maybe, they could stave off selling.

Again, that isn't likely.

However, if the Phillies do become surprising buyers, they won't be in the mix for the game's top targets. They just don't have the payroll or prospects that some of those deals would require.

But this much is a guarantee: If the Phillies sell, they will deal from positions of depth in their farm system. That means that they'll move pitchers and outfielders with some authority if it comes down to it.

With that being said, the Phillies probably won't be moving any prospects this July, unless it is a move with an eye on the future as well (a la Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres.)

The following slideshow will attempt to identify some of the prospects the Phillies would be willing to move, along with a scale of just how willing they would be to move them, with one being the lowest and 10 the highest.

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