This isn't so much a rumor as much as it is a suggestion (read: prediction) from ESPN MLB Insider Dan Szymborski. He wrote an article on five trades that must happen and the Phillies were involved in two of the trades.
The No. 1 deal Szymborski lists is the Phillies trading Cliff Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospects SS Alen Hanson, SP Luis Heredia and 2B Dilson Herrera.
Hanson, 20, is currently playing in Single-A Bradenton and hitting .280/.342/.427 with five home runs and 35 RBIs. He is the third best prospect in the Pirates system, sixth best shortstop prospect, and 44th overall prospect (six spots ahead of Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle) according to MLB.com. He has good range at shortstop but could use some work with his arm. Hanson is fast and can occasionally drive the ball out of the yard. He could stay at shortstop but would be better suited for second base.
Heredia, who turns 19 on August 10th, is a big, hard-throwing right handed starter. Standing at 6'6", 205 lbs. his fastball consistently touches 95 mph with a hard curveball and change up that could become plus pitches and become future "out" pitches. He has more experience than most 18 year old players and he projects as a top-of-the-rotation starter. Heredia is the fifth best Pirates prospect and the 84th overall prospect which would make him the Phillies third best prospect behind Biddle and Ethan Martin. Heredia is currently playing for the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League, same league as Phillies Single-A affiliate Lakewood Blueclaws.
Herrera, 19, is not the biggest guy in the world at 5'10", 150 lbs. He can hit well for a player his size and shows surprising amounts of power. Herrera looks to be a pain on the base-paths who will steals bases consistently. He also has good range at second base after making the shift from third base. He is the Pirates 18th overall prospect.
The other trade had another big name headed to a National League team. For his third trade, Szymborski states the Rockies must acquire Chase Utley from the Phillies for outfielder Corey Dickerson and pitcher Chad Bettis.
Dickerson, 24, was rated as the 16th overall prospect in the Rockies system entering 2013 but has made his way to the Major League roster. He was hitting .386/.429/.646 in Triple-A this year. He is an offensive player as he has tremendous power and began showing it to all fields instead of just right field. He was a tremendous pull hitter which worried some scouts. Dickerson is aggressive on the base-paths and has decent speed but, in the field, has a below average arm. He projects to be a solid left fielder in the Majors.
Bettis, 24, is the third best prospect in the Rockies very shallow system. He pitched at Texas Tech seems to have some scouts split whether he should be a starter or a reliever. Bettis is currently a starter with an above-average fastball and slider to go along with a Major League ready change up. He projects to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter but could always slide back into the reliever role. One thing to watch is his health as he missed the entire 2012 season with a shoulder issue.
I don't want the Phillies to trade either of these guys but, if they were to decide to move these two, I would hope the haul would be a little better than what Szymborski is suggesting in his piece. I do have to give credit though because the No. 1 trade on this list in 2011 was the first suggestion (that I read) that mentioned the possibility of the Phillies acquiring Hunter Pence for Jared Cosart.
We all saw how that worked out but there was some merit the article. I don't see any situation in which the Phillies move Lee before the July 31st deadline.
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