The Philadelphia Phillies currently have several veteran players whom they could possibly use as trade bait as the 2013 season approaches.
Take a look at the numbers for just one closer and one starting pitcher: the Phillies owe veterans Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon $38 million dollars for the 2013 season. That is a ton of money for two guys who pitched a combined 281 innings in 2013, or only 19 percent of the total innings pitched during the entire season.
Furthermore, the Phillies are definitely in need of some talented youth to alleviate their dependence on high-priced free agents.
Here are five reasons why the Phillies should trade away a veteran or two in order to acquire some young stars.