Phillies Rumors: Team to Start Selling "Soon"

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shane Victorino

Despite several public statements from Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro downplaying trade rumors, the team has privately told rival executives they will sell soon, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

"They told me, 'If we lose any more games, we could be selling soon,'" one rival club official said Monday, after talking to a high-ranking Phillies official.

Amaro has held firm in his statements to the press that the Phillies will wait until Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay return before moving any big pieces, but their private interactions with other teams seem to point to the contrary. While most of the speculation has centered on left-hander Cole Hamels, he's not the only one who may be on the move.

Teams that have spoken to the Phillies think that center fielder Shane Victorino is even more likely to go, and that pitcher Joe Blanton and third baseman Placido Polanco would be available, as well.

At 36-46, the Phillies now stand a season-worst twelve games out of first place and only have a 1.6% chance of making the playoffs.

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