Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Moves They Could Make at the Trade Deadline

TCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Moves They Could Make at the Trade Deadline

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 14: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two run home-run in the bottom of the third inning during the game against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on June 14, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by
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    With the best record in baseball, you wouldn't think there would be much room for improvement.

    However, for the Phillies there is always one more move that can be made to shore up any deficiencies.

    GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently stated that there would be no big moves this year at the deadline.

    If Amaro decides to change his mind, here are ten moves he could make to make this club even better.

Michael Cuddyer for Prospects

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 17: Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins gets an RBI double against the San Diego Padres in the first inning on June 17, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    The Phillies need a right handed bat that can platoon with either Raul Ibanez or Domonic Brown. 

    Cuddyer fills that need, but is also capable of playing multiple positions—first, second, and third base, as well outfield.

Josh Willingham

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 07:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics at the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 7, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Much like Cuddyer, Willingham fills the need for a right handed bat.

    Willingham would be a much cheaper option for the Phillies, who are right up against the luxury tax limit.

BJ Upton

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 08:  B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Upton has loads of talent, except between the ears.

    The Rays have dangled him out as trade bait in the past and appear to be doing so again this year.

    Upton's speed and athleticism would be a step up over Ibanez.

    However, file this one under wishful thinking.

Jeff Francoeur

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Kansas City Royals breaks hit bat as he connects with a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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    Francoeur was rumored to sign with the Phillies this past off-season, but signed a deal with the Kansas City Royals.

    Francoeur is batting .263 with 9 HR and 43 RBI this season.

    He could be had for cheap from Kansas City, as a right handed bat rental for the remainder of the season.

Carlos Beltran

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on June 18, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of N
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    This would be a desperation move on both sides. 

    The Mets need to dump salary, but the Phillies can't take on a whole lot of money.

    The Phillies would be taking a risk on an aging outfielder, who cannot run as well as he used to.

    Then again, Ibanez is no spring chicken either.

    Beltran's production at the plate could outweigh any other negatives the Phillies would encounter in this deal.

Tyler Clippard

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31:  Pitcher Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals delivers to a Philadelphia Phillies batter at Nationals Park on May 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Braves won 2-0. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    The Phillies bullpen has been performing well this season.

    However, the seventh inning could be an area where they could improve.

    With their starting rotation, the bullpen hardly ever sees the seventh—but their options are Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes.

    Clippard can take that role, as well as the long relief assignment.

    This would relieve innings from Contreras, and spare the sight of Kyle Kendrick in an extra inning game.

Ryan Spilborghs

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Ryan Spilborghs #19 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat New York Mets at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    The Phillies bench is lacking consistency after a solid start.

    Spilborghs, who is only making $2 million, is a cheap bench option. 

    A consistent hitter, Spilborghs would be a welcome addition to the Philadelphia bench.

Ryan Ludwick

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20: Ryan Ludwick #47 of the San Diego Padres throws the ball to the infield against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Padres 2-1 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Get
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    Ludwick was a promising corner outfielder in St. Louis, but has seem to have lost his way in San Diego.

    He has the power that would be attractive to the Phillies, but strikes out way too often for their liking. 

    Ludwick would be a huge risk, but possibly a great reward if he plays according to what his time in St. Louis indicated.

Hunter Pence

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros hits an infield ground ball in the top of the sixth inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vict
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    Pence would come at a very high cost to the Phillies, in terms of prospects and other considerations.

    But these are the Astros we're dealing with.  The Ed Wade-run Astros.

    Amaro practically stole Roy Oswalt from Houston last summer for JA Happ and prospects in exchange for cash considerations.

    Who's to say a deal cannot be made again with the former Philadelphia general manager?

Melky Cabrera

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Kansas City Royals leap at the wall and catches a ball hit by Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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    The switch hitting Cabrera has been one of those "what if" players for the entirety of his career.

    Now relegated to Kansas City, a return to a pennant race would possibly rejuvenate the enigmatic Cabrera.