April 12, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Philadelphia Phillies (Baseball Essential)


The decade of the 2010s was a strange run for the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming off back-to-back World Series appearances from 2008-09, they won the National League East in back-to-back seasons from 2010-11 but have since failed to reach the playoffs. Those playoff teams featured an array of star power including Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, among others.

The 10-year run ended with the Phillies adding Bryce Harper from the rival Washington Nationals, as well as J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, and Jean Segura in the 2018-19 offseason. Yet, they improved by just one game from 2018, and the Nationals won the World Series without Harper. In short: it was a bizarre chapter in Phillies’ history. Subsequently, they made a handful of compelling trades, some good, some regretful.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Philadelphia Phillies have made since 2010.

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