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    Here's why Phillies may not land top deadline target despite speculation

    By Jeremy Hanna,

    25 days ago

    Despite the Philadelphia Phillies being one of the best teams in Major League Baseball, they still have one major weakness: their outfield.

    For many people, the answer is simple: go all-in and trade for Chicago White Sox superstar Luis Robert Jr. However, a recent article from The Athletics's Will Sammon, Patrick Mooney, and Ken Rosenthal suggests that the White Sox may not want to trade their best player away.

    "Given Robert’s talent and club control, two high-ranking rival officials said Chicago has no need to feel any urgency to move him despite the club’s undesirable state," Sammon, Mooney, and Rosenthal said. "The general feeling within the industry is that the White Sox are in no rush to deal him, either. They can wait until the offseason when teams are in more flexible positions with their rosters."

    To make matters worse, Robert's contract is expensive, earning $12.5 million this season and $15 million next season before his two club options. That would be a lot for any club to take on.

    Still, if there's one team that would be willing to do it, it's the Phillies.

    Right now, the Phillies are in an excellent position to push through the postseason and actually win the World Series. Not only do they have the second-best record in MLB, but they have six players who are above the cutoff point for the second round of MLB All-Star voting.

    If there is a time for Philadelphia to make a big push, this is it. And (General Manager) Dave Dombrowski has a history of making blockbuster trades in order to win now.

    On top of this, if the White Sox do want to start the rebuilding process, the Phillies have an excellent farm system filled with prospects that could set Chicago up for the future. It's easy to see both teams making a major deal by the trade deadline.

    As it stands, the Phillies have great odds to succeed this postseason. However, if they want to improve those odds even more, Robert Jr. is the perfect choice.

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