Phillies: Acquiring needed pieces

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: The Phillie Phanatic stares down Norichika Aoki
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Because he’s a catcher, Rupp is a decent trade chip. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. /

Beginning on Dec. 10, the Phillies will negotiate with other franchises and representatives of free agents, and general manager Matt Klentak will weigh the pros and cons of offers received to address the team’s shortcomings.

Sign or trade:

While rumors are swirling around during the first three days of the Winter Meetings, the Philadelphia Phillies‘ movements will mostly coincide with their objectives. Basically, the value of each regular in their lineup will determine their availability and asking price on a singular basis and/or for a multi-player package.

"IN OTHER WORDS: “You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.” – Jonathan Ive"

Since the campaign ended, Klentak made calls to and received them from other GMs. And those conversations revealed what stars are not available on the Phils or other organizations, while other players interest both clubs.

When Klentak enters the Winter Meetings in Orlando, he will continue haggling with other teams. And he will sacrifice a lot of sleep during his schedule of going from one powwow to another, all for one or two deals.

In some cases, one party will not be ready because of other considerations: A free agent’s decision could determine another’s availability. For instance, a starter Klentak has interest in will only be on the market because his organization will have to drop some salary after signing an expensive rotation piece. Ergo, no swap now.

In one of his late September interviews, Klentak stated the red pinstripes are taking the next step toward contention. And he also claimed no interest in one-year acquisitions for his 2018 roster. He wants keepers!

Around the infield, the hometown nine have Rhys Hoskins, Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco. As for J.P. Crawford, he hasn’t proven he’s ready for 500 at-bats after his .214 average in September. And, lastly, they have Jorge Alfaro behind the plate.

Along the warning track, the red and white have Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr. In other words, Klentak has eight regulars.

Aside from those nine players, Klentak has Andrew Knapp, Cameron Rupp, and Tommy Joseph. However, the majors have no shortage of first basemen with 20 homers or more on their resumes. Knapp has value as a switch-hitter to rest right-handed Alfaro, which leaves Rupp as the odd man out.