MLB Trade Scenarios: 6 Ideas to Solve the Raul Ibanez Problem

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IMay 13, 2011

MLB Trade Scenarios: 6 Ideas to Solve the Raul Ibanez Problem

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25:  Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies sits in the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 25, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Image
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    The issue of Raul Ibanez in left field was an obstacle that the Phillies' management new would come up soon.

    Despite his recent success, we all know that Ibanez' time is coming to an end fast. Ibanez is a 39-year-old veteran who is on a hot surge as of late, but realistically this won't last for too long.

    In his last year of his contract at an old age, it will be very hard for Philly to find a suitor for him.

    In the following slides, we'll go through possible trades that could happen between the Phillies and other teams. All of them will involve the Phillies giving up prospects, but that's just the way deals work in the MLB

    Considering it is early in the season, this is much more of a prediction/educated guess of the future, because not many rumors have been spread about Ibanez and the Phillies thus far.

Garrett Jones

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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 26:  Garrett Jones #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates trots around third base after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the game on April 26, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerha
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    Phillies Get: Garrett Jones

    Pirates Get: Prospects

    The Pirates have a history of giving up their valuable players, because Pittsburgh is never in playoff contention.

    Jones is a solid player who can hit for both power and average, respectively. However, he is a left-handed hitter and the Phillies are not really looking for that.

    Although I don't believe he is the best player out there for the Phillies, he may be in the running for a trade. 

Josh Willingham

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Phillies Get: Josh Willingham

    Athletics Get: Prospects

    I've always liked Josh Willingham and, for some reason, I think people seem to forget his above-average days with the Washington Nationals.

    Willingham has been in the NL East before and I think he would perform quite well in a hitter's park like Citizens Bank.

    He is another right-handed bat that the Phillies could express a lot of interest in. He did a solid job in the division before, so why not again? 

Carlos Lee

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 06: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros hits an RBI double in the 8th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 6, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Phillies Get: Carlos Lee

    Astros Get: Prospects 

    Carlos Lee is not having the best season, and he is up in there in age as well. However when talking about Phillies trades, how can you not mention a player from Ed Wade's squad?

    Although Lee is not the greatest option, he is a realistic option who could also add power to a lineup that is searching for someone else besides Ryan Howard to take on that workload.

    Lee could be a nice right-handed bat to add to the lineup.

Jeff Francoeur

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 20:  Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the game against the Cleveland Indians on April 20, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty
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    Phillies Get: Jeff Francoeur

    Royals Get: Prospects

    Jeff Francoeur's name has popped up the most when it comes to trade rumors surrounding Philadelphia. 

    The Royals are currently off to a hot start, but if that slows down and if they ease out of playoff contention, they just might be shopping Francoeur.

    He is just 27 years old and off to a very good start this season. Francoeur is hitting over .300 and would be a great addition to the Phillies as a power hitter, younger fielder and right-handed bat.

Carlos Quentin

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09:  Carlos Quentin #20 of the Chicago White Sox hits an RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 9, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Phillies Get: Carlos Quentin

    White Sox Get: Scott Mathieson and other prospects

    Carlos Quentin is definitely the biggest name on this list. Chicago has been rumored to be shopping him in the past and I think that Amaro just may take a stab at going after him.

    He is just 28 years old and is good for power and contact. Plus, he bats right which is what the Phillies have been looking for ever since they lost Jayson Werth. 

    Chicago is need of a good reliever and Mathieson is a potentially-solid set-up man, or maybe even closer, in the league. Not only that, but White Sox hurler John Danks is up for arbitration at the end of the season.

    However, Quentin is probably the most pricey trade wise and salary wise. He's a very good player without a doubt, but what it really comes down to with him is if he is worth the risk or not.

    In my mind, he would be a great fit here, but the Phillies do have other options that are cheaper and more efficient. 

Platoon Brown and Mayberry

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 27:  John Mayberry #15 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 8-4.  (Photo
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    Hey, who said we had to trade Ibanez? Can't we just wait on Dominic Brown and John Mayberry Jr.?

    Brown and Mayberry are both young prospects with a lot of potential to be good in the majors. They have had a scattered amount of experience in the big leagues and the Phillies may just be planning on platooning them in right field.

    Brown is currently coming back form an injury, but the Phillies could let Ibanez finish off this year and then retire. Afterward, they would platoon both young players and have Ben Franciso remain in right.

    Granted, it is not the strongest outfield out there. However, they still have a Gold Glove in Shane Victorino and the best starting-pitching rotation in baseball.

    But even if they take this route, who says Ruben can't find a way to deal for a right fielder instead? Anything is possible with him at the helm.

Conclusion

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 10: Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with home plate umpire Lance Barksdale after being called out on strikes against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Phillies won 3-0. (P
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    To be honest, it's very hard to see which outfielders the Phillies will target considering it is very early in the season. So take these as more of predictions instead of actual rumors that have been started.

    But all in all, every player will reach a dead end at some point in his career, and Ibanez's is right around the corner.