“With the July 31 no-waiver trade deadline growing closer each day, the questions about whom the Phillies could get, and whom the Phillies could trade away, keep coming. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. handled those questions during a Tuesday press conference.
Wednesday afternoon, before the Phillies played the final game of their three-game series against Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park, it was manager Charlie Manuel’s turn to talk about trades and trade possibilities.
Manuel didn’t offer many specifics.
“Trades are hard,” he said. “The trade we make, I want it to be very beneficial to us.”
Amaro said Tuesday he would not rule out trading away someone on the current major league roster, all but acknowledging that outfielders Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth are possible trade bait.
Manuel wasn’t in the mood to name names Wednesday, but he knew what he was being asked.
“Depends on who we get,” Manuel said about a trade that might involve an everyday player. “If we can make a trade that’s going to be beneficial to us, I think we’ll do it. I know we will. We want to win.”
As for what it might take to win the division, in raw numbers, Manuel is sticking with 90-92 wins, and for now he’s not overly concerned with the Phillies’ third-place status.
“I don’t want us to fall too far behind, but what is too far?” Manuel asked, referencing the Phillies’ 2007 season, when they made up seven games on the New York Mets in the final 2 1/2 weeks to win the division.”