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Time to trade Vance Worley?

The Major League Baseball free agency deadline is July 31. Ruben Amaro has proven to be a major mover and shaker in recent years; perhaps the most notable being the acquisition of Roy Oswalt from the Astros last season for pitcher J.A. Happ.

This year the Phillies are not in the position of needing starting pitching, but probably a quality right-handed bat to fill the 5th hole in the lineup left when Jayson Werth took the mega-contract from Washington. Names that come to mind quickly are Oakland's Josh Willingham (.231/10HR/41RBI), and Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer (.291/12HR/37RBI).

Looking at the Phillies roster, while there are players that Phillies fans might want to see find new homes, there's only one player that has significant trade value: Vance Worley.

Worley is just 10 starts into his career, but it is hard not to ignore his numbers. Compare his first 10 games to some noteworthy others...

Vance Worley 4-2 1.80 ERA
J.A. Happ 3-1 3.95 ERA
Kyle Kendrick 5-2 3.88 ERA
Cole Hamels 2-4 5.36 ERA
Cliff Lee 3-3 2.87 ERA
Roy Halladay 4-2 4.18 ERA
Brett Myers 4-4 3.86 ERA

The question that needs to be asked, is Worley a flash in the pan, or someone who's numbers are being highly underrated because he has 3 Cy Young candidates in front of him in the rotation with a 4th injured in Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt's injury, along with the line drive off the hand of Cole Hamels last week, shows that the Big 4 is only as good as the games they can actually start. If any of them goes down, suddenly you need a #4 guy if you make the League Championship Series. Does anyone remember the letdown Joe Blanton gave last year against the Giants?

My feeling is after trading Happ last year; the Phillies have to keep Worley on the roster and find out what type of pitcher he will be. While a right-handed bat would be nice, the Giants showed last year that a top-notch rotation could carry a mediocre lineup to a World Series title.

Will Amaro make a move? Probably. Will the Phillies get a right-handed bat? Probably. Will Blanton be in Phillies red in August? I would hope so.


Posted at 8:00pm on July 6, 2011 by Sean Greene

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Comments on this post:

pennsy
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 10:59am
Time to trade Worley?

No and H*** NO!

The "core" of the 2008 champs are homegrown talent. Now that they're aging, I'd like to see Worley, Brown, Stutes, Bastardo form the nucleus of the Phillies champion core of the future. Worley showed promise from his first big league start last year, and is benefiting greatly from the mentoring of Halladay.

(And the ladies of the Phillies Nations appreciate his eye candy quotient, trust me we sure do. :)

My feeling is after trading Happ last year; the Phillies have to keep Worley on the roster and find out what type of pitcher he will be. While a right-handed bat would be nice, the Giants showed last year that a top-notch rotation could carry a mediocre lineup to a World Series title.

Completely agree. The Giants scored only one more run than the Phils in the NLCS, whereas the Rangers doubled up on the Yankees in their series. When the bullpen pitchers started populating the DL, it became pretty clear that RAJ will be more likely to shore up the 'pen rather than the lineup.


Mike
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 1:20pm
I agree that the Phils should keep Worley after trading pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Drabek, Josh Outman and J.A. Happ in recent years. Oswalt has a mutual option after this year, and I don\'t see him coming back with his salary and balky back.

I have to disagree that the Oswalt trade was RAJ\'s most notable. I would say the acquisition of Cliff Lee eclipses that for in-season trades. Lee cost the Phils Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Jason Knapp. Halladay also was acquired in a trade, but that was in the offseason.


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