As you may know, I try to keep this site geared towards prospects and resist the temptation to complain about the big league club (or praise them, for that matter), and try to stick to just talking about minor league action/the draft and stuff like that. But this is a very relevant topic, and it broke out in the Clearwater Report, so I figured I’d give it its own service here. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this, so here is your chance to weigh in. Depending on how the Phillies play over the next 6 weeks, they could be looking to make a trade for a starting pitcher, though right now the rotation looks solid. So that begs the question, who would you trade and who would you not trade in our current minor league setup, and for who would you trade them? Let’s take a look at our most tradeable assets.
Carlos Carrasco – Carrasco was our #1 prospect coming into the season, and for the most part, he’s pitched well in AA at only 21 years of age. He probably still needs a season in the minors, but he’s close to big league ready, and offers #2/#3 SP potential, nothing to sneeze at.
Adrian Cardenas – Cardenas was around our Top 3 depending on who you ask, and he’s improved his stock this season by raking in the FSL as a 20 year old. He’s probably not going to win any gold gloves at 2B, but he should stay there, which keeps his value very high. There are so few quality 2B prospects in baseball that he will be a very valuable trade chip, should the Phillies decide to move him.
Josh Outman – It would seem the Phillies aren’t looking to move in, instead they will probably bring him up within the next month or so to provide a 2nd lefty for the major league bullpen. He doesn’t appear to be a trade chip.
Jason Donald – Donald had the “needs to prove it at AA” label coming into this year, and so far he’s proved it, showing good plate discipline and some extra base pop while playing short stop at Reading. Scouts seem to doubt his ability to stay at SS long term, but 2B could be an option, as could 3B. The Phillies haven’t moved him to 3B yet, and the team trading for him could keep him at SS for a while until he proves he just can’t handle it. His bat is probably close to ML ready.
Joe Savery – Savery came into the year high on many prospect lists and has had an up and down season at High A. The upside is still there, but he’s not as close to ML ready as many people thought, and has probably lost a tiny bit of his trade value. He’s certainly not in “throw in” territory though.
Lou Marson – Marson is arguably our most valuable trade chip. As a 21 year old, Marson has raked at AA, hitting close to .350 and drawing walks, along with emerging power. He’s also been plus defensively, and is continuing to improve. He’ll end up at the top of the heap among all minor league catching prospects, and of course catcher along with shorstop are the two most important positions on the defensive spectrum. As reader dajafi has pointed out here, Marson is starting to resemble Russell Martin, and Martin is considered the best catcher in the NL and one of the best catchers in baseball.
Greg Golson – Golson’s stock has jumped up this year after his big start, though he has cooled off a bit. Scouts have always loved Golson because of his package of tools, but the pure baseball skills haven’t really shined through. He’s still hitting close to .300 this year, he’s already hit 7 HR, but he’s only drawn 13 BB in 264 PA, so that part of his game still hasn’t come around. He’s a plus plus defensive CF, and the tools will still draw interest in a trade. Golson is still a guy who could turn it on and become a superstar, or he could flame out, the same risks that come with every high ceiling, toolsy OF. However with his good first half, he’s out of the “throw in” category as well.
After this list of guys, it would seem we have lots of guys who could be complimentary pieces, guys like Matt Spencer, JA Happ, Fabio Castro, and Brad Harman.
So the question is, if you were to acquire CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets, what would you give up? What would you give up for 2+ months of these guys? What would you give up if you were able to sign them long term? What would you give up for a guy with 2+ years of service time left before free agency? Are there any guys you wouldn’t trade? Discuss it here and lets keep it out of other postings.