The Phillies are approaching the annual mid-season fork in the road known as the July 31st trade deadline with many options as they have had in previous years. The team finds themselves with the best record in baseball, but still has an under achieving offense.
Unlike previous years at the deadline, the Phillies are actually playing good baseball, and a mid-season move is not as essential as it was for the past three years when they traded for Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt.
This year's deadline is not going to make or break the season as it did in recent history.
Ruben Amaro Jr. is left to decide whether plucking a bat from a non-contending team outweighs all the negatives that would come as a result.
Even though this deadline doesn't have as much significance to the Phillies as it does for other contending teams, Amaro can't afford to make the wrong choices because he already has enough to win.