Philadelphia Phillies: Charlie Manuel's Squad's Biggest Trade Needs

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJune 8, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: Charlie Manuel's Squad's Biggest Trade Needs

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 30:  Manager Charlie Manuel #41 and Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies watch the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    No matter how hot a team is, there is always room for improvement.

    The Phillies are one of the best teams in baseball, but there are definitely players out there who could be very useful and valuable down the stretch.

    Among the low-lights of the Phils this season are all of the injuries: Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and Shane Victorino, to name a few.

    Players have stepped up, but I do not believe that they can rely on those players everyday.

    There is a big field out there and the Phillies have a lot of possibilities to work with this year. 

Carlos Quentin

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 03: Carlos Quentin #20 of the Chicago White Sox hits a three-run homer against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning on June 3, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    Although the Phillies have up-and-coming young players like Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr., Carlos Quentin would be a great addition to the squad.

    He is just 28 years old and is a proven everyday right fielder who can hit for power and average. Quentin already has 14 home runs, which currently ranks sixth in the majors. Not to mention, he also ranks in the top 15 in RBI.

    He would add more power to the Phillies' lineup, helping Ryan Howard with the home-run workload.

    If the Phillies want to find themselves significantly ahead of the pack, acquiring Quentin must be on their to-do list.

Josh Willingham

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 04:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics gets a 2 RBI hit in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox on June 4, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Josh Willingham is an ideal trade target for Philadelphia for almost the same reasons as Quentin. However, Willingham comes at a cheaper price.

    He has played in the NL East before and has been successful. Like Quentin, he would add more power to the lineup as well.

    Willingham has gone unnoticed and been overlooked this season. I think he would be a realistic option who could end up making his way to Philadelphia this year. 

Find a Healthy Reliever

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 15:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Phillies bullpen has been hit with a ton of injuries and recent reports came out stating that Brad Lidge may never be the same again.

    Now, I realize the Phillies already have young guys like Michael Stutes and Vance Worley who can serve some time this year as long relievers, but this would be mainly for temporary needs.

    Lidge won't come back 100 percent and Jose Contreras is injured, too. A search for a healthy, reliable reliever is not a must, but it certainly would not hurt.

Or Maybe Just Be Patient

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 06: Closing pitcher Ryan Madson #46 and Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies high-five after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-1
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    Sometimes we can all be too quick to speak or criticize when, in reality, things are going just fine or will get better.

    If you really take a look at the Phillies, they are one of the best teams in baseball right now. There really aren't any huge necessities in the lineup.

    The real problem is the fact they have not fully lived up to the high expectations individually and some of the players tend to be very streaky. However, it doesn't necessarily mean they need to make a move.

    Obviously, if a deal is on the table and will improve the team, they should pursue it, but making a trade should not be a major necessity.

    Maybe we just have to be patient with the team this time around and see if the real spark ignites soon. 


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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 06: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies makes a catch at first base during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-1. (Photo by Drew H
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    There are players out there who could fit with the Phillies, but maybe making a trade is not as much of a must as it used to be.

    I think they really have to weigh the options and see what is best for the team.

    It's an interesting situation in my opinion, and I want to hear your thoughts on what the Phillies should do.

    Do you think they should make a trade or just be patient with what they have?