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Phillies relutcant to move fan favorites

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07:11 AM ET 06.27 | The Phillies are a team in transition, already, and it's a matter of just how much change the franchise has in store. The Phillies certainly were sellers a year ago, trading outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence before the deadline and right-hander Joe Blanton during the August waiver period. The club's trade candidates this season are more prominent. ... Yet, this isn't just about baseball. ... "Our fans like the players not just as players but as people," [Phillies' CEO David Montgomery] said. "These guys have been great being part of the community. That becomes an element. There is no question. Do we factor the fan support that we've gotten into this? Yeah. Do we believe fan identification trumps winning? No."

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June 27, 2013  07:27 AM ET

They've held on to quite a few players, 2 years too many.

June 27, 2013  07:34 AM ET

They will soon be once again challenging The Mets, this Time for Last Place!!!

June 27, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They will soon be once again challenging The Mets, this Time for Last Place!!!

Yes, and you will be challenging stupidmoron for most innocuous posts................

June 27, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Are we to assume that because this thread has Papelbon's picture in it, that he is one of "the club's trade candidates this season?"

June 27, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Nonsense. If the price is right they move anybody. Fans favor a team winning or improving more than any player....

June 27, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nonsense. If the price is right they move anybody. Fans favor a team winning or improving more than any player....

Teams don't want to look like they are throwing in the towel too soon. It makes it hard to put butts in the seats.

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June 27, 2013  12:04 PM ET

The Phillies are expecting to compete to a higher level,,or should they??

June 27, 2013  12:06 PM ET

Then again, if their lineup and rotation remains with a lack of commitment,
It could be farther difficult for the franchise as well:-) :-) :-)

June 27, 2013  12:11 PM ET

I'm sure if they trade Utley (heaven forbid!), upon retirement he'll sign a one-day deal with the Phillies so he can retire as a member of the organization that owes so much to him.

June 27, 2013  06:08 PM ET

Relutcant?

Good lord.

June 28, 2013  06:07 AM ET

papel-BUMM--- proof anyone can make it in the big leagues....

 
June 28, 2013  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nonsense. If the price is right they move anybody. Fans favor a team winning or improving more than any player....

As for fan favorites being moved I have to agree if the price is right they would move anyone. I don't agree with that stance when it comes to Chase Utley. Bottomline Utley isn't the reason they are losing Utley can't make Howard and Rollins be more patient at the plate and he can't play 2 of the 3 outfield positions he isn't responsible for blown saves so why so much trade talk around Utley. I guess all the things I mentioned in my opinion make him a trade value, but what are you gonna get for him? The Phillies don't need a middle of the road prospect they need major league ready players and I don't think you get that for Utley straight up. The other reason I think trading Utley is he is to the Phillies club house what Brian Dawlins was to the Eagles the heart and soul and it would be bad for them to trade him or let him just walk at the end of the season. I don't brake the bank to re-sign him but I make a fair market offer to keep him. The Phillies need a power hitting corner outfielder and I just don't think they have what it takes to get one. We can't trade the farm they did that and now you see what they got.

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