Ranking The Trade Bait: Pitchers

The Phillies have some veteran pitchers that could be attractive to other clubs and some young pitchers pushing for a spot in the majors. So, who should stay and who should go before the trade deadline arrives in a little over three weeks?

Eude Brito - This isn't a guy that teams will be clamoring over. He's more of a throw-in type pitcher at this point, but he did have some success in the majors last season and there are teams who wouldn't mind having him.

Fabio Castro - It's unlikely that the new arrival will be going anywhere, especially since the Phillies may be more of a seller in the next few weeks. He's unproven and must stay on the major league roster, so he's not very valuable to contending teams. If the Phillies decide to become buyers, then he may have a little more value.

Clay Condrey - Again, he's not a pitcher who will get teams excited, but he did a decent job in his stint with the Phillies. Like Brito, he's more of a throw-in type in any deal.

Rheal Cormier - With the season that he's putting together, Cormier is a very attractive pitcher to contending teams. Most teams can use a lefty out of the bullpen and Cormier has veteran presence and has shown that there's still gas in the tank. He could be in the final season of his career and the Phillies should definitely consider dealing him if they get the chance, especially since they have four left-handers in the 'pen.

Gavin Floyd - The best thing that could happen to Floyd is a change of scenery. He's been inconsistent in the minors and was pretty much of a bust in the majors. The trouble is that the Phillies aren't going to get much for him at this point.

Ryan Franklin - Another veteran who could interest some teams. The Phillies probably should have given him more of a shot at starting to possibly increase his value. As he stands right now, he's an inconsistent reliever, who is generally more of a starter type pitcher. Of course, he's not stretched out, so he can't really help a team that might need a cheap starting pitcher, so his value is pretty much in the tank.

Aaron Fultz - With four left-handed relievers, at least one or two should be dealt. Fultz could be attractive to some teams and is likely right behind Rheal Cormier in the attractiveness department as far as the lefty relievers are concerned.

Geoff Geary - Yes, he could interest some teams in the hunt, but he's still young and pretty much unproven. The Phillies should hang onto him and see how he handles working as either their first option as a set-up guy or possibly even as a closer for the rest of the season.

Tom Gordon - If you get the right offer, deal him. Teams can use veteran relievers, especially one who has shown he can still close. Odds are that he won't be the same pitcher at the end of his three year deal that he is now and could become a bit of a burden for the Phillies down the road. As mentioned, Geary or another young pitcher could be given the chance to close if Gordon is dealt.

Cole Hamels - Now wouldn't be a good time to deal him. Plus, he's still thought of as the future ace of the pitching staff once he puts it all together. Stick with him and simply leave him in the rotation, good or bad, for the rest of the season. It gives him a chance to work out the inconsistencies in his delivery and to show that he can stay healthy.

Cory Lidle - This is a guy that some contending teams could be interested in. He's not that front of the rotation starter and really isn't even much of a middle of the rotation starter that teams may need, but he can give a team an extra arm. For a club a little short on pitching, Lidle would be a good option.

Jon Lieber - Much like Lidle, Lieber is a veteran who is relatively cheap and could help a contending team. He's miscast as the ace of a club, but would be a great fit for a team needing one decent starter to put them over the top. He'd be a nice fit in a place like Cincinnati.

Ryan Madson - His inconsistency is a major issue. He's not going to be a very attractive target for other teams unless he can start to string together a bunch of good starts. Some teams may like him as an addition to their bullpen, but the Phillies are likely better off just taking the Cole Hamels approach and leaving him in the rotation to work on his consistency and judge just what they've got with him at the end of the season.

Scott Mathieson - By all rights, this kid probably isn't ready for the majors. Of course, if he puts together starts like he had Wednesday night against San Diego, he could prove otherwise. He's certainly a keeper since he can help down the road and possibly can be a part of the rotation now if he can build on his last start.

Brett Myers - With all of the legal issues and the fact that he's not pitching right now, he's probably not going to bring much. If the Phillies want to send a message though, they could dump him somewhere if they can get anything close to his worth. Odds are though that they won't get a very good offer for him and they're likely to have to hang onto him and hope he grows up very quickly.

Arthur Rhodes - He would have been a very attractive piece of bait, but he's self destructing. He just doesn't seem to have much left and won't bring much in any trade.

Rich White - He's a journeyman with a lot of stickers on his suitcase. The Phillies picked him up off waivers, so there's not much hope of dealing him anywhere except as a possible throw-in part of a bigger deal.

Randy Wolf - Since he's not healthy, he wouldn't be easy to trade. When he's ready, put him in the rotation and see what he's got. If he looks like he'll be able to return well, the Phillies can try to sign him to a relatively cheap extension and if he's not up to the task, they can let him walk at the end of the season.

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