With news from multiple media sources that the Phillies are discussing a "major" deal, the question becomes: Who will be stepping onto the mound for the Phillies this next week? And perhaps more importantly, what Phillies will be donning some other teams duds?
It seems almost assured that Jayson Werth, the lone right handed power bat in the Phillies lineup, will be heading out of town. Contract talks have apparently not gone well and the Phillies are concerned that they will not be able to sign him to a long-term deal.
So, if Werth is traded, is he traded in a separate (gulp—deja vu from the Lee deal) trade or is he part of a trade to acquire a starting pitcher. Let's look at some of the potential targets for the Phillies and vote on the likelihood of them joining the team.
Roy is the pitcher most frequently mentioned as the target for the Phillies at the trade deadline.
Why the deal makes sense for the Phillies: Roy is the best of the remaining starting pitchers on the market and the Phillies would deal with their old GM, Mr. Wade.
Why the deal doesn't make sense: Roy is owed $7 million this year and $16 million next and the Phillies claimed that Lee wasn't kept for budgetary reasons. This deal would fly in the face of everything Ruben Amaro, Jr. told the fans last fall when he traded Cliff Lee.
Why the deal makes sense for the Phillies: they know what they get with Brett and they likely wouldn't have to give up much to get him. He also has a reasonable salary this year and has been pitching fairly well.
Why the deal doesn't make sense: they know what they get with Brett. Face it, Myers isn't going to be the difference between them reaching the playoffs rather than having a long offseason. He also can be a headache at times and openly argued with Cole Hamels.
Why the deal makes sense for the Phillies: At 29 he still has some tread on his tires and is another top of the rotation pitcher. Haren is signed for the next two years, which would provide some stability in the rotation.
Why the deal doesn't make sense: the Diamondbacks are likely looking for a package of prospects that would further deplete the Phils farm system that Ruben has claimed he is trying to replenish. Haren is owed $12.5 million for the next two years, which may be higher than the Phillies are willing to pay.
So Fausto has not been rumored to be in the Phillies plans, but I think that is a mistake.
Why the deal makes sense for the Phillies: Fausto is just 26 years old and is having a good year with a 3.65 ERA this season after posting disappointing numbers the past two years. He is known for his sinkerball, which induces groundball outs, which would play well in the cozy confines of Citizen's Bank Park.
Although the Phillies would need to give up prospects, they wouldn't be top-tier that would be required for Oswalt or Haren. Although Carmona is unlikely to lead the Phillies resurgence, he would be a good third pitcher for them for years to come.
Why the deal doesn't make sense: Carmona is, like Myers, unlikely to make a major difference this year for the Phillies.
Why the deal makes sense: he attracts fans and has a reasonable salary. How much worse can he be?
Why the deal doesn't make sense: his pick-off move is atrocious.
All kidding aside, there are many other pitchers that have been mentioned as possibilities including Westbrook, Silva, and Lilly. These options would seem less likely as they would not be a "sexy" move that would appeal to the fan base. One mascot that always appeals to the fan base: the Phanatic.