Phillies 2018 MLB trade deadline rumor tracker

Phillies 2018 MLB trade deadline rumor tracker

Welcome to MLB trade deadline day and for the first time in seven years, the Phillies figure to be buyers.

The Phillies are 58-48 and despite losing four straight games, they have a 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East.

Having already acquired Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is still seeking upgrades at the trade deadline.

On Monday night, Jim Salisbury reported the Phillies have continued to monitor the starting pitching and outfield/bench market (see story). Some names Salisbury mentioned: Rangers LHP Mike Minor, Orioles OF Adam Jones and Blue Jays OF Curtis Granderson.

Corey Seidman broke down some other potential options here.

Stay with us as we round up all the Phillies trade rumors before the 4 p.m. deadline.

Bryce Harper

Have the Nationals thrown in the towel? Perhaps. The Nationals are 5 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and Harper will be a free agent this winter.

According to's Mark Feinsand, the Nationals have made former NL MVP and six-time All-Star available. From Feinsand:

"According to a source, the Nationals have let it be known that All-Star Bryce Harper is indeed available via trade, setting up what could be a wild race for the superstar with the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline just hours away.

To be clear, this by no means indicates that the Nationals are committed to trading Harper today, though their willingness to listen to offers is a clear indication that general manager Mike Rizzo could become a major seller in the final hours leading up to the Deadline."

For what it's worth — probably not much — Fancred's Jon Heyman tweeted: 

Before we get carried away, it would take a king's ransom to acquire Harper. The Phillies chased Manny Machado before the Orioles traded him to the Dodgers, but Klentak made it clear the rental market isn't where he likes to shop (see story).

The Phillies have long desired Machado and there has been speculation that they'll chase both Machado and Harper this winter. If there is any credence to that, it would make sense for the Phillies to at least gauge Harper's availability today.

With all that said, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has already dismissed those rumors — not that he'd be the first general manager to say he wasn't trading a guy right before trading a guy.

But let's not get our hopes up. Harper to the Phillies, at least today, seems like a very enjoyable pipe dream.

Andrew McCutchen

Per's Jon Paul Morosi, the Phillies are one of three teams that have "varying levels of interest" in acquiring McCutchen from the Giants.

This one could actually make sense for the Phillies for a couple reasons (see story).

For one, the Phillies were interested in Jones but the Orioles outfielder wasn't ready to waive his no-trade rights. McCutchen does not have those rights. Both are in the final year of their contracts.

And secondly, while Nick Williams' emergence has shifted the Phillies' deadline needs, they still very much need a fourth outfielder.

McCutchen isn't the player he was when he won the NL MVP in 2013 and made five All-Star teams from 2011-2015, but he's a veteran bat who would be an instant upgrade to the Phillies' outfield and bench.

He would provide Phillies manager Gabe Kapler a potential platoon option with Odubel Herrera in center field and a right-handed bat off the bench with some pop.

McCutchen's 2018 stat line: .258/.352/.407, 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 24 doubles. He's played just right field with the Giants but spent the majority of his career in center.

Jake Diekman

Diekman, now 31, has a 3.69 ERA this season, with 37 scoreless outings in his 47 appearances. The former Phillie has reverse platoon splits this season. Lefties have hit .273 with a .429 OBP against Diekman this season while righties have hit .190.

Diekman is a free agent after the season.

Jose Bautista

Bautista, who was released earlier this season by the Braves, would an interesting fit as a fourth outfielder. He shouldn't cost much as far prospects and he isn't owed much for the rest of the season. The Mets already helped the Phillies out by sending over infielder Asdrubal Cabrera for prospect Franklyn Kilome, but will they help them again?

The 37-year-old hit just .143 with the Braves, but has been a little better with the Mets, hitting .233/.382/.421 with six homers and 24 RBI in 159 at-bats. He'd add some pop and is good at making pitchers work, something the Phillies value.

Wilson Ramos

The Phillies acquired Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Corey Seidman has what the acquisition of Ramos means for the Phillies here.

Aaron Loup

The Phillies acquired Loup from the Toronto Blue Jays for prospect Jacob Waguespack. Here's more on Loup.

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J.T. Realmuto feeling 'blessed' as he heads into arbitration showdown with Phillies

J.T. Realmuto feeling 'blessed' as he heads into arbitration showdown with Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will participate in Tuesday’s workout before taking a flight to Phoenix for Wednesday’s salary arbitration hearing.

Realmuto is dreading the long flight, not the hearing.

“One way or another, I’m going to be playing baseball in Philly this year,” he said. “I’m going to either be making $10 million or $12 million, and I’ll be happy either way. I’m blessed to get to do what I do for a living for a lot of money so either way, I’m happy.”

Realmuto is actually seeking $12.4 million. The Phillies have filed at $10 million. The arbitration panel will select one figure or the other. There is no middle ground (more details here).

Realmuto, who made $5.9 million last year, is in his third and final year of arbitration and is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. To date, the highest-paid catcher in that class was Matt Wieters, who avoided a hearing with Baltimore and made $8.275 million 2015. Catcher Mike Napoli actually made more — $9.4 million — in a negotiated settlement with the Texas Rangers in 2012, but he was in his fourth year of arbitration because of his Super-Two status with the Anaheim Angels in 2009.

So, no matter how the arbitration panel rules, Realmuto’s 2020 salary will be a record for an arbitration-eligible catcher.

Once Realmuto’s 2020 salary is established, the Phillies will turn their attention to negotiating a long-term contract extension with him. Realmuto is expected to seek in the neighborhood of $23 million per season, matching Joe Mauer’s record salary for a catcher, over a five- or six-year deal. 

The Phillies would like to get a deal done by opening day to avoid any potential distractions. Would Realmuto negotiate during the season?

“We haven’t gotten there yet,” Realmuto said. “I’ll talk with my agent and we’ll communicate with Matt (Klentak, the general manager) and let him know.”

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Joe Girardi asks Phillies players to give him their hearts — and their trots

Joe Girardi asks Phillies players to give him their hearts — and their trots

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Joe Girardi officially opened his first Phillies spring training camp by telling the players to give him their hearts.

“He knows if he can get our heart, he’ll get our best on the field,” J.T. Realmuto said.

Both Girardi and managing partner John Middleton stressed that the goal was to play deep into October. The Phillies have not been to the postseason since 2011.

Middleton reminded the players of the passion that Philadelphia fans have and urged them to give back to the fans by playing the game hard and respecting it.

Girardi roamed the fields of Carpenter Complex during the workout. He lightened the mood at the end of a base-running drill by asking a group of players, including Jean Segura, to show off their home run trots.

“Just to have some fun,” Girardi said after the workout.

The home-run trot "drill" came with some instructions.

“Make sure you run hard before you know it's out,” he told the players. “The big thing is if you run hard to first, there is a great chance it'll be out by then. Then you don't get caught on first base or caught on second base when you should be a base ahead. Just run hard.”

Phillies pitchers will begin throwing live batting practice during Tuesday’s workout.

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