Ken Rosenthal checks in from New York with some vaguely familiar thoughts:
Remember: July 31 is only one checkpoint. Most of the Phillies’ expensive veterans will clear waivers, making August trades a possibility. The offseason will present further opportunity — and frankly, greater opportunity, given that teams will be more flexible with their rosters.
Utley, Papelbon should be on trade block - Philly.com
They'll find true love and tenderness on the block.
McCaffery: It's not an easy choice to trade Chase Utley, but the right one - delcotimes.com
When Jack McCaffery writes, it's time to put your eyes in the upright and ready-to-roll position.
Phillies one of several teams interested in Brian Wilson | HardballTalk
Not all of your bloglordships agree with me, but I'm totally game for this sideshow if only because it would lead to more Pat Burrell sightings.
The metaphor-maker in me keeps wondering if there are parallels we need to consider in the Pedroia extension that help inform the argument over Utley.
Sabermetrics and Diminishing Returns - Beyond the Box Score
Is catcher framing really the only final frontier? Join us in Philadelphia next week to discuss. Who's coming?
The Split Personalities of the Cardinals | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan takes a look at the Cardinals' amazing skein of clutchy slugging.
Martin finds groove at the right time | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
This is helping me breathe a little easier.
Nationals hope only 2013 isn't their year - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
The 2013 Nationals remind me quite a bit of the 1979 Phillies.