Whether or not the Phillies intend to be buyers or sellers at the deadline, little trust can be placed on the shoulders of Wade. Should the Phillies decide to deal heavy hitting phenom Ryan Howard or one of the so called gem pitching prospects, one cannot expect fair value in return. If Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, Jim Thome, David Bell or Billy Wagner is moved from this underachieving nucleus there is no way that the Phillies will have maximized the return for these players. Those assertions can easily be viewed by glancing at Ed Wade's track record, which is below:
Trades that occurred at or near the trade deadline:
July 26, 2000: Traded OF Rob Ducey to the Blue Jays for a player to be named (John Seed).
July 30, 2000: Traded OF Ron Gant to Anaheim for P Kent Bottenfield.
July 27, 2001: Traded Ps Bruce Chen and Adam Walker to the Mets for Ps Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook.
July 27, 2001: Traded P Wayne Gomes to the Giants for INF Felipe Crespo.
June 25, 2002: Traded P Jeff D'Amico to Indians for P Bruce Aven.
July 20, 2003: Acquired P Mike Williams from the Pirates for P Frank Brooks.
All in All Ed Wade has traded players who went on to win World Series rings, one who was a Cy Young Award candidate last season and one who figures to be a perennial MVP candidate for years to come, with zero post season appearances for the Phillies to show for those players. In each of his seven seasons, the Phillies have arguably been one or two pieces away from clinching a post season berth and yet Wade has done next to nothing and hung his hat on the fact that his players would "Play up to their potential."
Forgive me for not putting full faith in Wade to resurrect this lineup and catapult it from the NL East scrap heap to division contenders in the next month. But with a track record like the one Wade possesses it is amazing that he is still one of two general managers to still hold the same job for the past seven years despite building not building a single playoff team. It is unlikely that Wade will succeed in putting together a playoff contending squad in his eighth go round either, and Phils fans must hope he doesn't dig the hole even deeper for his successor.