As the trade deadline approaches and the trade headlines proliferate, I find myself really pondering what deals I think would be acceptable.
There's obviously a lot of talk going around, and sometimes it's hard to look at all the candidates out there. This is a player by player look at a few of the likely (and one unlikely) candidates.
To start, let me say that there are a few Phillies I will rule as untouchable. They include Dominic Brown and Vance Worley. Given that they are financially controllable for the next five years, if I were in charge, I wouldn't let either out of my hands if you offered me practically anybody (Jose Bautista notwithstanding).
The financial aspect with these guys has to be taken into consideration given the Phillies current and near-future payroll commitments.
I've heard a lot of Vance Worley-JA Happ comparisons, but they are not the same pitcher, and it's not the same situation, as Cliff Lee's salary if now involved. It remains to be seen, but I think Worley has a high ceiling and as such, I wouldn't trade him.
So let's take a look at what I would be in favor of.