As we head toward the end of July, the Philadelphia Phillies are 11 games under .500 and 14 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Last place is getting comfortable for them (though the Miami Marlins will probably give them a run).
With a playoff bid all but out of reach now, the Phillies have a decision to make about whether or not to sell some of their veteran players off at the trade deadline. Judging from the trade buzz around baseball, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is calling around to see which players he might be able to move. However, the Phillies haven't quite decided to call it a season yet.
Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino are drawing the most interest as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Amaro is still looking for the right deal, but if another team is willing to exchange what he's looking for, both players should be in other uniforms by the end of the month.
But what about Hunter Pence? His name doesn't get mentioned as heavily in trade rumors, but he might actually draw more interest from teams, being under contract through 2013. ESPN's Jayson Stark and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb have both suggested that Pence would yield the most value in a potential trade.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies agree and are now letting other teams know that they're willing to trade Pence.
Which contenders would regard Pence the most highly? Who could he help the most?
Here are six teams that should keep checking in with the Phillies to see if Pence is available.