The Philadelphia Phillies are definitely going to be sellers at the trade deadline, but it’s starting to look like no one wants to pay their price. Here’s a round up of the latest trade rumors surrounding the Phillies from a multitude of sources.
Phillies Consider Releasing Ryan Howard Following 2014
Jim Salibury of CSNPhilly.com has reported that the Phillies have had internal discussions about releasing the struggling veteran first baseman Ryan Howard following the 2014 season. The Phillies have explored trades with several teams but there is no interest in taking on a substantial contract. The 34-year-old Howard is hitting .224/.305/.377 so far this season – all career low numbers.
Manager Ryne Sandberg and the Phillies appear much more willing to split time at first base between Howard and recent recalled Darin Ruf. Ruf got the start Wednesday against the Giants. While Sandberg wouldn’t commit to a platoon situation at first base, he said, “I think it’s important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward.”
Marlon Byrd Still Interests A Lot of Teams
Marlon Byrd is still the object of a lot of trade talks around the league. It’s been reported that the Phillies are asking more than a lot of teams are willing to part with. Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio reports that the Cincinnati Reds and the Phillies are still in serious talks about a Byrd trade, as the Reds could use some help in the outfield. With Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton locking down spots, the other spot has not produced at an average level.
Multiple Teams Scouting Antonio Bastardo
While Jonathan Papelbon wants to get out of Philly to play for a contender, it looks more likely that Antonio Bastardo will be traded. Salisbury reported that the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays have scouted Bastardo. The Tigers are likely out of the running now that they’ve traded for Joakim Soria. The Royals are the front-runners for Papelbon as they have the most glaring need in the bullpen. There is no rumor about what the Royals are willing to offer in return.
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