Phillies Trade Rumors: 5 Players They Aren't Targeting, but Should Be

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Phillies Trade Rumors: 5 Players They Aren't Targeting, but Should Be
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Carlos Beltran. Heath Bell. Hunter Pence.

With less than a week remaining before the trade deadline, its become impossible to have a conversation about the Phillies without mentioning one of the players above. They're three all-stars who would seemingly fit a need for the club, and speculation is running rampant that one, if not two of the trinity will be wearing red pinstripes by the end of the week.

But would a blockbuster deal be worth the cost?

The consensus around the league seems to be that adding Beltran, Bell or Pence to the mix would cost the Phillies a major league ready prospect, (either Vance Worley or Dominick Brown), and at least two of their top minor league prospects.

When you consider the fact that Philadelphia already owns the major's best record, is such a gamble really worth it? Beltran and Bell will both be free agents after the season, and Pence has yet to prove anything on a National stage.

Instead of throwing all their chips in the middle for one of these all-stars, the Phillies would be better off adding some smaller pieces, keeping the core of the best team in baseball intact while sacrificing much less.

Here are five players on the trading block who could be had on the cheap, and who could make the difference for Philadelphia come October.

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