The Philadelphia Phillies are not a bad team. At four games under .500 entering play this weekend, the Phillies find themselves 7.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The problem is, while they are not a bad team, they are riddled with some bad contracts. The Phillies will not catch the Braves or the Washington Nationals in their division this season, and, probably not in 2014 either. They know that it is a time for a change, having already traded some of their more valuable players in 2012. The time is now to move some more players who could fetch some top prospects, with Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon as the top two potential trade pieces to bring in an influx of future stars. While the 2013 MLB Trade Deadline is still over a month away, it is never too early to start thinking about which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers, as well as what potential blockbuster deals may be rumored to occur. With that being said, could the Phillies trade Lee and Papelbon to the Detroit Tigers for a package of major and minor league players?
Before you write this one off, think about a few different reasons why it may be crazy enough to make sense.