According to a recent piece by FOX's Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are willing to take on roughly $2 million worth of payroll at the trade deadline this year.
Since it would take about $3 million for the Phillies to surpass the $178 million luxury tax, this still gives the Phils a little wiggle room to add some smaller-market players.
There are many options for the Phillies to ponder. Considering that their two primary targets are a right-handed bat (preferably an outfielder) and a bullpen arm, the Phillies will look to strike gold in a cheaper player.
Just because a player is less expensive doesn't mean that they aren't as good, though. In fact, Padres reliever Mike Adams, who is due a total of $2.535 million this season, is having a better season than his fellow teammate and Padres closer Heath Bell.
In comparison, Bell is making a total of $7.5 million this season. That's roughly three times Adam's salary, and it could be why the Phillies seem to have more interest in Adams than Bell.
At the trade deadline this season, the Phillies will have to look deep within some organizations to find what they're looking for. Some players, like Adams, are easily recognized, whereas some other players are hidden talents.
I'll be looking at the players in a couple of ways: at their stats (mainly this season, although some throughout their careers) and at their salaries.
Most salaries will be listed by total amounts, though I'm well aware that those salaries cover the entire season, not from July 31 onward.
Due to the fact that we as a public can't see exactly the amount each player is paid at all points of the season, it would be impossible to accurately pinpoint the salary a player is due after the trade deadline, though it usually amounts to a third of their total salary for the season.
Here's a list of five players the Phillies could acquire at the trade deadline this year within their $2 million budget.