I don't mean to turn into a poll-aholic, but the recent trade rumblings have surprised me a little bit. First there was the aborted Holliday blockbuster, now Rosenthal says we've inquired on Xavier Nady and Matt Kemp.
Now don't get me wrong -- all of these players would be fantastic additions to the lineup, and Kemp is especially appealing. But at what cost? The Holliday deal was certainly creative, but it would have left the farm system almost completely devoid of talent. The Bucs are right to start a bidding war on Nady (who's having his career year), and the Dodgers are notoriously tough to deal with, especially for a young player of Kemp's caliber.
My two cents: even given the massive slump the Phils have been in, is offense really this team's biggest need right now? You still have the best offense in the National League on paper -- it's just time for Rollins, Utley, Howard, and pretty much everyone not named Burrell to pick it up (and hopefully the BABIP picks it up as well). If you were going to give up top shelf prospects, you should have done it for a big-time starting pitcher, in my opinion.
Look, I wouldn't mind picking up an outfielder on the cheap to replace Taguchi (Lofton or Hinske, anyone?), but to trade any more high end prospects to shore up what should be a team strength is foolish, in my opinion.