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What to do with Michael Taylor?


Just so everyone understands, I'm making two few assumptions here. Feel free to quibble with these, but they're not really the point...

  • The Phillies will trade for Roy Halladay
  • Michael Taylor will NOT be involved in the Roy Halladay trade (the Jays have an OF logjam)
  • Dominic Brown WILL be in the trade for Halladay

The Phillies have an OF logjam of their own, with Ibanez, Victorino and Werth all being excellent contributors at their respective positions this season.

So, the Phillies have a few options, sometime before next season:

  • Trade Taylor for something other than Roy Halladay
  • Let Taylor season at AAA for another season, and bring him up to replace Werth in 2011
  • Trade one of the major-league OFs for help elsewhere (3B, C, or SP?) and to free up a spot for Taylor
  • Make a prospect-for-prospect trade of Taylor-plus for a Brown-level prospect.

I personally find the idea of trading Ibanez really attractive, as I don't think he's going to be able to repeat this season and the lineup could really use another power righty. But I suspect that other teams would be similarly leery of his prospects over the next couple of years, so I'm assuming that's not a real option.

I like trading Victorino. Trading Werth to free up a spot for Taylor doesn't really improve the offense, but Taylor has a good chance to be a better hitter in the near-term than is Victorino, and Werth is a actually a credible centerfielder.

However, if good value for Victorino isn't available, the idea of moving Taylor for a younger prospect is intriguing to me. Taylor is by pretty much anyone's measure an excellent prospect; maybe there's some team out there with a near-term need at OF but a budget crunch, who possesses a high-upside OF prospect who's a couple years away.

Thoughts?

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