General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. doesn't hold a strong major, or minor, league hand this season. With limited options, the Philadelphia Phillies top front office boss appears to be stuck. So, a current minor league demotion will need to be made from the outfield ranks, or a trade will take place soon.
Pitcher David Buchanan's recall from Triple-A might result in a pitcher being demoted, or a positional player being removed from the 25-man roster. Even if one of the Phillies' outfielders isn't erased from the major league team this weekend, someone from that rank is soon going to find himself turning in his red pinstripes.
Only Marlon Byrd, who has been a fine free agent addition, is assured of remaining in Ryne Sandberg's outfield this season. Due to his own defensive versatility, Byrd could be shifted to center field if the manager creates a revised left-center-right arrangement.
The recent promotion of Darin Ruf to the major leagues might be a stopgap measure, or 'Babe' could stay for awhile. The Phillies best right-handed power prospect in years has demonstrated offensive potential, but has minimal defensive chops in left field. While Ruf's trade value does exist, moving him would only make sense if some type of better roster option could be obtained in return.
Domonic Brown had a terrific month of May last season. However, he's never been the same after most big league pitchers adjusted to his power stroke. Looking lost at the plate this season and holding a passable defensive resume at best, Brown's starting spot in left field is clearly in jeopardy if he doesn't start hitting immediately.
Ben Revere doesn't have the tracking skills, or the arm, to be a starting outfielder in the major leagues. He's a singles' hitter who doesn't get on base enough to make use of his speed.
It's hard to imagine Revere remaining on the team past this season. However, his trade is nearly non-existent. Like Ruf and Brown, he has an option and could be sent to Triple-A.
John Mayberry, Jr. appears to have been unable to make enough plate adjustments during the last few seasons. Last year he also allowed offensive struggles to affect his defensive game, which had previously been solid. He's a candidate for departure as well.
In consideration of Carlos Hernandez' ability to play the outfield and Tony Gwynn, Junior's solid glove, there are simply too many men on Ryne Sandberg's outfield depth chart. Therefore, one of the above-mentioned players will soon be gone.