Philadelphia Phillies: Grading Each of Their Moves at the MLB Trade Deadline

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 1, 2012

Philadelphia Phillies: Grading Each of Their Moves at the MLB Trade Deadline

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    Until the final day before the trade deadline, nobody really knew if the Philadelphia Phillies were going to be buyers or sellers.

    On one hand, the Phillies have become a very proud franchise that definitely did not want to admit defeat, but on the other hand, they were looking defeat right in the face for most of this season.

    As you definitely know by now, the Phillies did make a lot of big decisions, but did they make good deals? That is what we're going to look at right now.

    I am giving "at the trade deadline" a very loose definition, meaning during July.

    The only reason I am doing that is because those moves were inevitable anyway, but the right package came along before the actual deadline.

Jim Thome Traded to the Baltimore Orioles for a Pair of Prospects

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    I love Jim Thome, and I was incredibly encouraged by the power he demonstrated when he was the DH for the Phillies during interleague play.

    However, because the Phillies didn't need a DH forever, the Phillies leveraged that strong performance to acquire catcher Gabriel Lino and right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon from the Baltimore Orioles.

    Simon in particular seems to have a bright future in the bullpen as he is already 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA over seven games for the Clearwater Phillies.

    It was sad to see Jim Thome leave Philadelphia again, but he needed to be a DH, and the Phillies did not really need him for the long-term, so this was a great trade.

    Grade: A+

Chad Qualls Traded to the New York Yankees for Cash

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    Chad Qualls has been a strong middle-relief pitcher for much of his career, but something definitely wasn't working in Philadelphia.

    Over 35 games, he went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA. Opponents were hitting .302 against him, and his WHIP was a very high 1.53.

    The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen had major issues as a group this year, so it made a lot of sense to start moving pieces.

    Perhaps they could have gotten more than cash, but they did what they could given his performance this year.

    Grade: C

Shane Victorino Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Pitching Help

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    Everyone knew that Shane Victorino was on his way out of Philadelphia. He is definitely well-liked, but his imminent free agency made this trade a foregone conclusion.

    In return, the Phillies got what they really needed. Right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom will join the Phillies bullpen immediately and provide some much-needed support. Over 49 games this year, is carrying a very nice 3.02 ERA.

    The other piece they received was right-handed pitcher prospect Ethan Martin. He has had a difficult minor-league career, but he seemed to be turning it around a little bit this year in AA. He is still young, so the Phillies are taking a chance on him, but you never know.

    Grade: B+

Hunter Pence Traded to the San Francisco Giants for a Trio

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    When the Phillies traded Hunter Pence, it was obvious that this was indeed a sale. The Phillies have had difficulty generating offense this year, but Pence was actually doing pretty well. If they weren't selling, he definitely would not have moved because they have definitely needed in this year.

    In return, Nate Schierholtz will be joining the Philadelphia outfield. He has bounced between a utility outfielder and a starting position for the San Francisco Giants, and he is a quality player who will do what is expected of him. He needs to fill his role.

    The Phillies also received catching prospect Tommy Joseph and right-handed pitching prospect Seth Rosin. Joseph in particular is very exciting as he has shown a lot of power at the plate throughout his minor league career.

    Again, it is definitely possible that the Phillies could have done more with this trade, because many teams need power, and Hunter Pence could have provided that. However, I would not say that this is a bad trade. They decided to sell, and they took what they could get.

    Grade: B-


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