It's that time of year again...rumor season. With only 8 days to go until the non-waiver trading deadline (July 31), the Phillies are finding themselves linked to almost every pitcher on the market. Here are some of the names being tossed around- (starting pitchers) Josh Towers, Kyle Lohse, Jose Contreras, Joe Kennedy, and Steve Trachsel; and (relievers) Frank Francisco, Joaquin Benoit, Ron Mahay, Mike Myers, and Luis Vizcaino.
Make no bones about it, our pitching staff has been horrible this season, but things could actually improve over the remainder of the year without making a trade. Tom Gordon is off the DL and is a better option at 80% than almost any other one of our relievers are at 100%. Brett Myers just made his second rehab appearance in Clearwater last night with no ill effects and could be activated later this week. We now have two lefties in the form of Fat Mike Zagurski and the son of God J.C. Romero. A bullpen of Zagurski, Romero, 6-Finger-Ant, Madson, Gordon, and Myers is an improvement over what we've had out there for the majority of the season. When Myers returns he will be displacing Jars of Clay Condrey or Joe Table...both suck. That leaves 1 sucky reliever in the mix, meaning we should try and upgrade with 1 bullpen addition as long as it's not at the expense of the club's future (meaning don't deal Michael Bourn for a reliever unless that reliever is named Eric Gagne). The guy I would add to the staff would be the Rangers Joaquin Benoit which could probably be had for a marginal starting prospect like a Zach Segovia. The names listed as possible trading fodder as starters do not excite me and I would rather stick with Hamels, Moyer, Eaton, Kendrick, and Durbin than waste a prospect or two on a piece of feces like Contreras. Realistically Kendrick and Durbin won't continue their success, but it could happen, and I'd rather hold on to young players like Victorino, Bourn, and some minor league guys than mortgaging them off for a rent-a-pitcher-piece-of-crap. The only way I'd take in a starting pitcher is if we could get one on the cheap, but that doesn't happen too often. Don't get me wrong, Kennedy, Lohse, or Towers could probably help this team, but at was expense? Lets just go with what we have...teamwork!