Philadelphia Gets: 2B/SS Jurickson Profar, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Neil Ramirez
Texas Gets: LHP Cliff Lee
Why It Makes Sense For Philadelphia
Ruben Amaro Jr. continues to operate under the misguided belief that his team is only a piece or two away from making a deep playoff run, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports that multiple executives have told him that Philadelphia is looking to buy, not sell.
I wrote about why that's the wrong road for the Phillies to travel down earlier this month, and I stand by that theory. The team has a rapidly aging core and simply lacks the impact prospects in the minors to infuse the team with youth and athleticism.
As CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports, the Rangers would love nothing more than to have Cliff Lee back in Texas, and with Yu Darvish now on the disabled list, the time is right for Amaro to pick up the phone and have a chat with Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
Profar would immediately become the team's second baseman of the present and future (more on that on the next slide), giving the Phillies a pair of dynamite youngsters in Profar and Domonic Brown to build around.
Justin Grimm's numbers may not be pretty (a 5.88 ERA and 1.58 WHIP), but he's struck out 65 batters in 85.2 innings of work while walking only 29. With a little experience and some refinement, Grimm could be a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm to pair with Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick.
While Neil Ramirez, 23, lacks any major league experience, he also projects to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm with the ceiling of a No. 2 starter.
Why It Makes Sense For Texas
Elvis Andrus is the team's shortstop, and Ian Kinsler, who is entrenched at second base and is signed through 2017 (with a team option for 2018), has resisted moving from the position in the past, which leaves Profar as a man without an everyday position.
The team could look to move him to an outfield spot or make him a full-time designated hitter, but that would be a waste of his excellent defensive skills up-the-middle, whether it be at second base or shortstop.
With Lee under team control through 2015 (with a team option for 2016), this wouldn't be a case of trading for a short-term rental, and a combination of Lee and Darvish atop the rotation for the next few seasons would be as good as any one-two punch in baseball.
Grimm is expendable with Alexi Ogando working his way back from a shoulder injury. And while Nick Williams projects to be a solid contributor from a corner outfield spot, he isn't arriving in Arlington anytime soon.