May 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence (3) watches as center fielder Shane Victorino (8) bats during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
With fewer than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline passes, teams are finally beginning to decide which side of the buyer/seller fence they are truly on. Though rumored for weeks to be among the few "fire sale" teams at the deadline, the Philadelphia Phillies have not dealt anyone since July 2.
That is expected to change in the coming hours, however, as a source close to the team says the Phillies are about to "unload", reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
The Phillies remain active on a number of fronts. "They’re going to unload," a person with knowledge of the Phillies’ deadline plan said Monday afternoon.
Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton are the most likely to be changing clubhouses by tomorrow, but bench players Juan Pierre and Ty Wigginton could be dealt as well. While Cliff Lee's name emerged earlier today as a trade possibility, it is seeming less likely now that the Texas Rangers are out of the running.
Which players will the Phillies trade before tomorrow's deadline?