Phillies trade rumors could possibly lead to nothing as the MLB deadline approaches. Recent Philadelphia Phillies trade rumors have included players like Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Marlon Byrd, but general manager Ruben Amaro has been reluctant to pull the trigger on anything. According to a report from early Thursday (July 31), Buster Olney states that the team isn't close to completing any deals. That is news that many fans of the team might be dreading at this point of the season.
It had seemed like the team would be in the perfect position to turn veteran players into prospects, but it just hasn't happened. There are mixed messages out there, with some general managers stating that the Phillies are asking too much for their players and of course Romero claiming that due to the teams willingness to pay salary that they should get more in return. For teams like the LA Dodgers, that could really use Hamels, it looks like no deal is going to come about before the non-waiver deadline.
According to a report from MLB.com on Wednesday (July 30), sources state that the "Phillies have had no substantive talks with any team about their ace. That includes the Dodgers. There have been multiple reports that the Dodgers and Phillies have been in contact recently about a deal, and that Philadelphia even requested Los Angeles' top three prospects to make it happen." It would certainly be an interesting story, but it seems destined to simply be a fairy tale.
While something could certainly still pop up at the last minute, it looks like these Phillies trade rumors aren't going to lead to something substantial for the team this season. They could still pull off a deal in August if players get through waivers and then there is still the offseason as well, but the franchise is going to see some of its star players lose a bit of value as they age even further. If that happens, Ruben Amaro may lose a lot of supporters.