The Phillies have recently emerged as one of the front-runners in getting the services of veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran. The Philadelphia club is in good position to make a move to get the switch-hitting 34-year old. The Phils are a good candidate to get Beltran because they have the bargaining chips to make a deal and have a good enough team to get Beltran to waive his no trade clause in his contract to make a move here.
It is easy to come up with reasons as to why the Phillies should not go after Beltran. Yes, he is 34-years old and will be a rental player for this year. And the Phillies would most likely have to give up one of their most coveted prospects in Vance Worley or Domonic Brown to get the offensive aid he can provide. If Worley or Brown become a legitimate Major League starting player the Phils will be reminded each time the Phils play the Mets.
Beltran is getting up there in age, so the Phillies might be able to offer him the best shot he’ll ever get to take a trip to World Series for the remaining time he has left in the big leagues.
All reasons why the Phillies should not make this move are in the future. Staying in the present, the Phillies window to get another World Series title is starting to close. If the Phillies can land Beltran it should instantly make them even more of a World Series favorite than they already are.
Sure there are sexier names out there, but the Phils have a great opportunity to improve the team right now and solidify a roster they should have no bad feelings about entering the post-season.
It seems as if the Phillies should get Beltran if for no other reasons than to keep him off other teams. Other teams rumored to be in the mix for Beltran’s talents include the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox; all teams the Phillies could easily end up running into this post season. While Beltran might not be the dominant player he once was, you still would rather have him on your team than be facing him.
If the Phillies are going to make this trade it has got to be Worley for Beltran. They have more invested in Brown than Worley, plus the outfielder will be the better Major Leaguer and simply he has more to contribute to the team this year. Worley might become a good pitcher someday. He has good stuff and an equally as impressive mental approach to the game. The young right hander has become a popular guy in the City of Brotherly Love, but then again so was J.A. Happ until Roy Oswalt came to town.
The Phillies are primed to make a serious run at a championship this year. They simply cannot afford to strikeout at the deadline this year. If the occupants of Citizen’s Park do not get a bat at the trade deadline and the offense goes cold as they did last year that will not be acceptable and this ballclub will regret the decision for years to come.