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Phillies: Buy? Sell? Who Stays? Who Goes?

Domonic Brown will no doubt be a Philadelphia Phillie next year. Who won't be after the trade deadline?I know its early, but 2 weeks from next Wednesday marks either the end of an era for the Phillies, or the start of a playoff push.  Today I take a look at who will stay if they sell, and who may go / come here if they buy.

The Guaranteed 2014 Philadelphia Phillies:

Domonic Brown:  Many of you, yes… you, asked for this guy to be traded last year, this offseason, spring training and many times before that.  This kid has a potential MVP future, and will stay here for a while (hopefully).

Ben Revere:  Many of you, yes… you, wanted this …

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Ben Revere Doing Exactly What Should Have Been Expected

Ben Revere has overcame a slow start and early season benching to fight back to having a very good season.In the midst of the emergence of Domonic Brown, it may have been easy to over look another blooming Phillies outfielder. As eyes are on Chase Utley, Ryan Howard’s injury and the horrendous bullpen Ben Revere has climbed out of the shadows. Even though he is starting to produce at the plate, some still ridicule him and his game. The only question I have is why? Did you think he was an all-star when we signed him?

I was very excited when the Phillies acquired Revere from the Twins. I also knew what …

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Why the Phillies Aren’t That Good…

Jonathan Papelbon has been inconsistent as of late for the Phillies. Raise your hand if you have heard this before… The Phillies stink.  We all expected them to compete this year, and they are competing… with mediocrity… and most of the time losing.  Today I am going to try and show you all the reasons why they are so bad, and the only reason they aren’t worse.
Let’s start off by looking at the marvelous bullpen.

My favorite is former Phillie Chad Durbin:  No longer a Phillie, Durbin’s collateral damage still affected the bullpen as a whole.  Per inning he allowed over 2 base runners and 1 earned run.  PER INNING!!!!

B.J. Rosenberg who is new to this mess has also helped put these numbers through …

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After Hot Start in AA, Phillies’ Franco is the Talk of the Phillies

Maikel Franco is the talk of the Phillies with his hot start in AA.While the current Phillies’ homegrown core that helped deliver the city of Philadelphia its first World Series title in 28 years continues to age and become less effective, the organization’s farm system will need to begin injecting talent into the Major League club. Although the current overall talent level of the farm system is below average, there are several players with legitimate potential, and one in particular, twenty year-old third-baseman Maikel Franco, a native of the Dominican Republic, could develop into something special.

The majority of scouts were scared off by Franco’s lack of speed after he posted 7.7-second 60-yard dash times during Minor League Showcase events. Santo Domingo-based Phillies scout, …

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Big Piece Of Our Past…Confessions of a Non-Ryan Howard Hater

Ryan Howard is the subject of a lot of discussion from Phillies fans.As the Phillies continue to hover several games below .500, much of the fan anger and vitriol has been centered on veteran slugger Ryan Howard, who has struggled mightily at the plate and in the field this season. Needless to say, Howard is hardly the main reason that the team has struggled, but the negative vibes from Phillies fans has less to do with the numbers on the field than the numbers on his paycheck. Hindsight is 20-20 in Ryan Howard’s case, and unfortunately he’s been a convenient scapegoat for the past couple of years as the Phillies winning run has grinded to a halt.

To be fair, Ryan has not helped his own cause. His lack of plate discipline …

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Let’s Go Dutch…Rooting For Darren Daulton

Darren Daulton is fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with brain tumors.I can readily admit that back in the lean years of the late 80s and early 90s, I was no fan of Darren Daulton. He always seemed to be a mediocre catcher considering his physical stature, and with his batting average hovering around .200, injuries to his knees and relative lack of power in his early years, that opinion never really changed. Then came the 1992 season, which saw him play 145 games, hit 27 homers, and lead the National League with 109 RBI. He finished 6th in MVP voting, and suddenly my opinion and that of many fans in the city began to change. Even then, no one could have …

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Phillies Acquire Veteran IF John McDonald

John McDonald was acquired by the Phillies today.The Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies made a Player to be Named Later deal where the Phillies would send the PTBNL or cash to the Indians for veteran infielder John McDonald. McDonald is one of the best defensive infielders in the league but brings a light bat. The Indians designated McDonald for assignment to make room for the returning Asdrubal Cabrera. McDonald is 2-38 this season. That’s a .053 batting average.

This will be the fourth team McDonald plays for this season as he was originally on the Diamondbacks in spring training before being traded to the Pirates for a PTBNL. Then the Pirates moved him to the Indians for a PTBNL. Now the Phillies complete the trend. The 38 …

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Phillies at the Halfway Point: Uncertainty Reigns

Jimmy Rollins is leading a very mediocre Phillies team into the second half of their season.After Wednesday night’s 13 inning marathon the Phillies have played 79 games this season. With a mediocre record of 38-41 they will have to go 50-33 the rest of the way to achieve my pre-season prediction of 88 wins. That also is probably roughly what they will have to do if they want to be serious playoff contender.

Atlanta is 45-34 which means if the Braves play .500 ball the rest of the way they will end up with 86 or 87 wins. The Nats are also involved as they actually are 2 games ahead of the Phils. As for the wild card it looks like one of those …

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Phillies Bullpen Takes Another Shot, Mike Adams Heads to DL

Mike Adams will head to the disabled list for the rest of the season.The Phillies bullpen struggles seem sure to continue as top reliever Mike Adams labrum injury has landed him on the DL. The 34 year-old right hander reportedly has three tears in his throwing shoulder; two in his labrum and one in the rotator cuff. Doctors feel it’s highly unlikely that Adams will pitch again this year; a huge blow for an already ineffective bullpen. While Adams has not exactly been the perfect shutdown 8th inning guy they signed him to be (3.96 ERA), he was still the most reliable late game option available.

The real problem lies in whether this will be an injury that continues to plague him for the …

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Padres Stun Phillies, Walk-Off 4-3

Kyle Blanks scores to tie the game in the 9th inning on a Jonathan Papelbon/Carlos Ruiz passed ball.The Phillies desperately needed a win on Monday night in San Diego. The man they called on to stop the bleeding after a team loss was back at it again. Cliff Lee took the mound at PetCo Park and was dealing. He didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. The offense was pretty much what we have been used to getting for the better part of the 2013 season – a few runs here and their. Carlos Ruiz had 3 singles and drove in the games first run in the 1st inning. Jimmy Rollins would hit a …

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