Grady Sizemore is a player that the Phillies sought out after he was released by the Red Sox, a few years ago, this would have been excellent news
What will the Phillies do after this year's All-Star break. They've been rumored to be sellers, but that was before the team embarked on a 5 game win streak as the All-Star Break is happening.
Is this enough to try to remain optimistic with this year's Phillies team?
Looking at the players that the Phillies could move, and you suddenly have a whole bunch, the Phils could move players and dump salary and start to rebuild this older team with some younger players.
Here's the roster list of Phillies players and a look at a few that could move:
|Cole Hamels||30||7 yrs/$153M (12-18) & 19 team option||$22.5M||$22.5M||$22.5M|
|Ryan Howard||34||5 yrs/$125M (12-16) & 17 team option||$25M||$25M||$25M|
|Cliff Lee||35||5 yrs/$120M (11-15) & 16 vesting option||$25M||$25M||$12.5M [FA-*]|
|Jonathan Papelbon||33||4 yrs/$50M (12-15) & 16 vesting option||$13M||$13M||$0 [FA-*]|
|Jimmy Rollins||35||3 yrs/$33M (12-14) & 15 vesting option||$11M||$0 [FA-*]||FA|
|Carlos Ruiz||35||3 yrs/$26M (14-16) & 17 team option||$8.5M||$8.5M||$8.5M|
|Chase Utley||35||2 yrs/$25M (14-15) & 16-18 vesting option||$15M||$10M||$0 [FA-*]|
|A.J. Burnett||37||1 yr/$16M (14) & 15 mutual option||$15M||$1M [FA-*]||FA|
|Marlon Byrd||36||2 yrs/$16M (14-15) & 16 vesting option||$8M||$8M||$0 [FA-*]|
|Mike Adams||35||2 yrs/$12M (13-14) & 15 team option||$7M||$0 [FA-*]||FA|
|Kyle Kendrick||29||1 yr/$7.68M (14)||$7.67M||FA|
|Roberto Hernandez||33||1 yr/$4.5M (14)||$4.5M||FA|
|Antonio Bastardo||28||1 yr/$2M (14)||$2M||Arb-3||FA|
|Ben Revere||26||1 yr/$1.95M (14)||$1.95M||Arb-2||Arb-3|
|John Mayberry||30||1 yr/$1.59M (14)||$1.59M||Arb-2||Arb-3|
|Wil Nieves||36||1 yr/$1.13M (14)||$1.12M||FA|
|Tony Gwynn||31||1 yr/$900k (14)||$900k||Arb-3||FA|
|Grady Sizemore||31||1 yr/$750k (14)||$750k||FA|
|Domonic Brown||26||1 yr/$550k (14)||$550k||Arb-1||Arb-2|
|Jake Diekman||27||1 yr/$516k (14)||$515.5k||Pre-Arb-3||Arb-1|
|Justin De Fratus||26||1 yr/$513k (14)||$513k||Pre-Arb-3||Arb-1|
|Freddy Galvis||24||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-3||Arb-1|
|Jonathan Pettibone||23||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Arb-1|
|B.J. Rosenberg||28||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Phillippe Aumont||25||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Darin Ruf||27||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Cody Asche||24||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Ethan Martin||25||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Cesar Hernandez||24||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Cameron Rupp||25||1 yr/$500k (14)||$500k||Pre-Arb-2||Pre-Arb-3|
|Chad Durbin buyout||$250k|
|Payroll (no options)||Est. Total Payroll w/o Options (Guaranteed + Arb + Other)||$134.4M||$100.1M|
|Payroll (options)||Est. Total Payroll w/ Options (Guaranteed + Options + Arb + Other)||$164.9M||$161.6M|
Just a glance at the top 12 players, gives you plenty of ideas on who could be moved. Is anyone sacred on this list? Meaning that is anyone on this team a keeper, and not to be moved regardless?
Hamels is signed through 2018 at a hefty $22.5M per year, I am not so sure he would have a lot of takers at that salary and the Phillies don't need to subsidize a move by Hamels by paying any of his salary to another team.
Two Phillies starters this season will probably not be back next year, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez. The Phillies kind of need to think about pitching for next season.
Ryan Howard would be a player that the Phillies would probably like to deal. Not so sure many teams would be picking him up with his salary with what he is offering right now. Could an injury pop up with a contending team that needs a first baseman, that could change things.
Papelbon probably leads the parade for first Phillies to get moved. He's been really vocal about wanting to leave, but does any team want Papelbon and this alter-ego Ocho Cinco?
We'll see if any of the Phillies better players are moved, will the Phillies get anyone in return for them? That's an important part of trying to rebuild a team as well to get a decent player in return.