ATLANTA, GA - JULY 27: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Following their weekend sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies could be the "most active seller" over the next two days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, reports Buster Olney of ESPN:
Team that has a chance to be the most active seller in next two days: The Phillies. They've prepared a lot of groundwork for possible deals.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2012
ESPN’s Jayson Stark adds that the Phillies "haven’t lit the sale lamp" yet, but teams that have talked to Philadelphia believe the club could "make 2-3 deals" before Tuesday’s deadline.
Late last night it was reported that the San Francisco Giants had a deal in place for Pence, pending ownership approval. These rumors have since been denied by the Giants, but it was reported last week that the Phillies were eager to trade Pence. Salisbury says the club would have to be "blown away by an offer" to trade the outfielder.
Salisbury lists Victorino as the Phillies player "most like to be dealt," naming the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates as "possible destinations" for the Flyin’ Hawaiian.
While the Phillies plan on keeping left-hander Cliff Lee, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has acknowledged that these plans could change. Salisbury speculates that the Phillies could end up shopping Lee this off-season in order to fill multiple holes on their roster.
Which players should the Phillies trade before the deadline?