After their transactions in recent years, the Philadelphia Phillies declining to make a big-name, mid-season acquisition ,would be like seeing Bill Belichick without his sweatshirt; it just wouldn’t be right.
From Chuck Klein and Harry Walker, to Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt, the Phillies have been trading their fair share of big-name players for over 70 years.
Unfortunately, these trades have not always improved the team.
For every deal that brought the Phillies players such as Joe Blanton and Hunter Pence, there have also been deals such as the one that sent Curt Schilling to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000, and the trade that dealt Bobby Abreu to the New York Yankees in 2006.
While some of these trades resulted in setbacks, or minimal improvements, others paved the way for World Series appearances.
As of late, Phillies fans have been spoiled by general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., and his recent mid-season acquisitions.
Although teams have a shorter window to get deals done by the non-waiver deadline than they do in the offseason, these deals may be the final chance a team has to make the postseason, and advance.
And, in the Phillies case, eventually become World Champions.