Philadelphia has to weigh in their options if they look to be more successful in the future. A lot can happen at this season’s deadline which means there are going to be some players on the Phillies trade block this season. The Phillies are still in a position where they can contend for the NL East title this season, however, in order to do that, they may have to cut ties with certain players to make sure that they can improve for the near future.
As of May 30, 2021, the Phillies are 25-27, second in the NL East. However, the team may need to cut ties with a few players while adding depth to compete both now and in the near-future.
Phillies Trade Block Candidate: Odubel Herrera
While currently being the best centerfield option for the Phillies, Odubel Herrera‘s future with the team may not last a lot longer. Herrera took over the centerfield position once he was reinstated from an 85 game, without pay, suspension that took place in 2019. He was removed from the 40 man roster in January of 2020 and is now back on the team.
At the start of his time in Philadelphia back in 2015, Herrera hit for a pretty solid average, a decent amount of home runs, and had a pretty good on-base percentage. However, he’s gotten older and his contract may be too much for Philadelphia. He could be on the Phillies trade block due to the organization not wanting to pay the remainder of Odubel’s contract and that they believe they can find better value at the centerfield position.
The Phillies President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, has always been aggressive around the trade deadline, he may have to put Herrera on the Phillies trade block and take a hard look at the centerfield position. With Odubel’s rising age and contract it may be hard to see him in the City of Brotherly Love by the end of the 2021 season.
Phillies Trade Block Candidate: Jean Segura
The next person that could be on the Phillies trade block is second baseman Jean Segura. Segura has been a bright spot in the Phillies lineup this season. He is hitting very well, doesn’t strike out a lot and he plays well defense at his second base position. This season he is hitting, .316 average, .365 on base percentage, .456 slugging percentage. In addition he has 3 home runs, 12 RBI’s, 3 stolen bases and only 21 strikeouts.
However, the reason he may be going on the Phillies trading block is due to his contract. He is set to be making over $14 million for this season and next. And while he is playing well, that is a lot of money to be paying for a 31-year-old second baseman. Next season, the middle infielder free-agent class is loaded with names including, Trevor Story, Javier Baez, Corey Seager, and Carlos Correa. If the Phillies want to try to sign any of these players they have to make cap space, which is why Jean Segura may be on the Phillies trade block.
Phillies Trade Block Candidate: Vince Velasquez
Finally, a pitcher that could end up on the Phillies trade block is Vince Velasquez. Velasquez has had a roller coaster of a career while in Philadelphia. There are some days where he could just pitch lights out and other days where he would be throwing meatballs down the middle. He has had his inconsistencies during his tenure in Philadelphia. However, Velasquez has been putting up some of his best numbers during the 2021 season. In 6 games started this season, Velasquez has posted a 2.95 ERA, 45 strikeouts, 22 walks and has a record of 2-0.
The reason he might end up on the Phillies trade block is that his contract is expiring after this season. If the Phillies don’t have any plans for Velasquez in the immediate future than it may be smart to trade him. After all, he is putting up the best numbers of his career and it may be smart for Philadelphia to trade him while his stock is at his highest.
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