No players headed to Philadelphia, as Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline passed without the Phillies making an acquisition. Though it wasn’t for a lack of trying, the team didn’t acquire a left-handed reliever it had sought.
The Phillies had been linked to nearly every lefty reliever on the market, including Rhodes, who went 0-5 with a 5.32 ERA for Philadelphia in 2006. The Giants’ Jack Taschner, the Reds’ Jeremy Affeldt and the Royals’ Ron Mahay had all been speculated to join the Phils at some point.
Earlier this month, a rumor of a blockbuster with the Rockies surfaced, with Colorado dealing outfielder Matt Holliday and lefty reliever Brian Fuentes for outfielder Shane Victorino, lefty pitcher J.A. Happ, Double-A catcher Lou Marson and Double-A pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Victorino had been monitoring rumors since then.
Despite Thursday’s inactivity, the Phillies didn’t miss out of deal-making. On July 17, they acquired right-handed starter Joe Blanton from Oakland for a trio of prospects, lefty Josh Outman, infielder Adrian Cardenas and outfielder Matthew Spencer. (H/T Phillies.com)
Another trade deadline has come and gone, and the Phillies weren’t able to get anyone other than Joe Blanton. Okay, I’m just going to go out and say it: Thanks a lot you bunch of cheapskate morons. Nice going with your blasted buying on the cheap thinking. I am so praying that this will not come back to haunt our team at some point between now and October. I know, I know, trading will still be going on, but that now have the added danger of a traded player being placed on the waiver line, with the possibilty of a third team playing ******* and wanting to make a claim on one of the players involved in the trade, just so they can quash the deal. I’m sure no team want to face that possibility. But, with the owners of this club, I wouldn’t put it pass them they’re hoping to do that themselves. If so, jerks. Sigh, unless something comes up, I guess the team will have to get to the post-season dance with what they already got. BLEAH!!! At least there’s one small piece of comfort: The Marlins aren’t getting Manny. I’d figured that would never happen.