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Trade Victorino?

Ken Rosenthal notes the possibility:

The Phillies, as usual, need to upgrade their starting pitching, but their payroll is stretched, their farm system nearly barren. Not to worry: The emergence of Jayson Werth in center field gives the team an opening to dangle Shane Victorino, a player who has attracted significant trade interest in the past.

Werth is not a natural center fielder. The Phillies would need to find a long-term solution at the position if they moved Victorino. Still, considering the lack of alternatives, trading Victorino might be the team's best option. So Taguchi could play center along with Werth, and Geoff Jenkins would remain in right.

Not great, but then, neither is the Phillies' rotation. The trade market for pitching, which currently looks bleak, should improve as teams fall out of contention. Victorino alone wouldn't bring a Joe Blanton or Rich Harden, but the Phillies can aim lower and still upgrade their rotation.

I have a couple issues with this. First, his two doubles last night notwithstanding, I'm far from ready to acknowledge that Geoff Jenkins should be playing every day. At his worst--against lefties, and when he's just out of sorts--Jenkins is a Pedro Feliz-type hitter, impatient and judgment-impaired. Maybe he's about to come out of it, but of Victorino, Werth and Jenkins, he's the guy I have the least faith in. (As for Werth, before we anoint him a full starter, let's see him stay off the DL for a couple more months.)

Second, I'm not sure some products of that same supposedly "barren" farm wouldn't have equal or greater value to Victorino. As noted yesterday, there are some blossoms among the weeds: tools-happy teams probably would swoon over OF Greg Golson (who also is the leading candidate to be the "long-term solution" Rosenthal cites), and  Adrian Cardenas surely has value as a  20 year-old infielder with major offensive upside. And probably a half-dozen pitchers would have value at least as a secondary piece in a deal.

This isn't to say that I wouldn't trade Victorino under any circumstance. He's not untouchable by any means. But that shouldn't be a decision the team lightly makes. Of course, the problem with trading for pitching is that, with very few exceptions (and most of them coming in the winter), anyone you know is worth going after isn't available.

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