The Phillies are being the kid on the playground who has the lone kickball, but won’t give it to anyone just in case he needs it later.
Philadelphia is 6.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL East with less than 10 days until the July 31 trade deadline comes and goes. While the Phillies may not be that far back in the division, they still only have the seventh-best record in the National League entering Monday and don’t look to be catching fire anytime soon.
ESPN puts the team’s chances of making the playoffs at 7 percent.
But the Phillies are going to hang on to their prized possessions, which includes Michael Young, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:
Young would be a huge addition for teams like the Red Sox and Yankees, among others in the second half of the season. In 92 games this season, he’s hitting .286/.347/.417 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. He can play any infield position and also would bring veteran leadership into the clubhouse.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports recently wrote about how the Phillies need to start thinking about the future instead of just keeping the aged veterans on the roster. He admits that the team could get hot and make a late run, but Philadelphia is eventually going to have to get younger.
The team could do so right away if general manager Ruben Amaro truly wanted to. Sure, the organization would only be a tad younger, but younger is younger. The Phillies would absolutely get a decent prospect or two in exchange for Young. But it appears that the Phillies would rather keep him and see what the team can do.
Young isn’t the only star who will be staying put through the July 31 deadline. Here’s a look at two other big names who shouldn’t start packing yet, as their organizations will likely be keeping them throughout the remainder of the 2013 season.
Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
By the time the season comes to a close, the Twins might be 20 games behind the AL Central champion. But they’ll still have their closer on the roster no matter what happens. Glen Perkins has done a fine job in the ninth inning for Minnesota this season, and the team wants to keep him for the future.
There are a bunch of teams seeking relief help this summer, especially lefties. Jim Bowden of ESPN reports the Cardinals, Reds, Dodgers and Braves are all looking to add some depth to their bullpen and are interested in acquiring Perkins (Insider subscription required). The problem, per Bowden, is Minnesota won’t budge.
Perkins was an All-Star this season after a fantastic first half. Through 37 games this season, the lefty has 23 saves and has blown just a pair of opportunities. He’s also allowed seven runs in 36.2 innings of work while striking out 12.03 batters and walking 1.72 per nine innings.
The starter-turned-closer in under contract through the 2015 season, and the Twins have a $4.5 million option on him for 2016. He turned 30 years old earlier this season and probably isn’t going to get much better. The Twins should sell high on Perkins, but that doesn’t seem likely at the moment.
Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
Chase Headley could be dealt in the next week or so, but it appears that he’s going to be with the Padres for at least one more season. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Yankees called about acquiring Headley, but San Diego refused. Heyman calls Headley “as close as possible to an untouchable player without actually being one.”
Heyman also reports that it’s probably going to take a special prospect for the Padres to even consider dealing the switch-hitting corner infielder. That seems like a lot for a guy who could end up being one of the biggest one-hit wonders in the last few seasons. He’s been much worse in 2013 than he was in 2012.
In 161 games last season, Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and 115 RBI. Through 85 games this season, he’s hitting .235/.333/.364 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. Can you see the difference? San Diego is trying to sell high on a guy who isn’t worth too much anymore.
Headley may never be as productive as he was last year, and the Padres know that. They’re trying to get as much as they can in return just in case he never bounces back. But it’s probably still in their head that he will bounce back and once he does, the Padres will be contenders. He’s staying put for the time being.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and are current through July 22. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus and all contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.