Sweep might force Phils to be sellers

This was probably the one. This was probably the game that pushed the Phillies into being trade-deadline sellers.

Before this series, Rueben Amaro spoke about how the Phils needed to win at least two of three to have any hope of making a playoff dash.

Now that playoff dash seems very, very unlikely and the biggest issue surrounding this team is who goes where.

Shane Victorino is the most likely Phillie to be sent packing. Several contenders, including the Giants, Dodgers, Pirates and Reds like him. The Dodgers had two scouts at Saturday night’s game. The Reds had one at the game. The Giants have seen Victorino a lot lately and their manager, Bruce Bochy, is a fan of his. The Pirates have also scouted Victorino lately.

Hunter Pence remains a possible subtraction, but the Phils would have to be blown away to deal him. Juan Pierre could be on the move. The Reds have long liked him.

The Phillies have made Joe Blanton available for a trade each of the past two winters and again this season. The man is practically a walking trade rumor. The rumor might soon be fact. Blanton turned in his third straight strong start in a losing effort Saturday night and it might have won him a ticket to a pennant race somewhere. The Cardinals, Orioles and Blue Jays are all looking for pitching and might be fits for Blanton, who, like Victorino, will be a free agent at season’s end.


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