The Philadelphia Phillies are likely going into full-scale sell-off mode at some point in the next month or so. Everyone from Jimmy Rollins to Jonathan Papelbon is expected to be available.
This means that former top prospect and 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown could very well be available. The 26-year-old outfielder hit .272 with 27 homers and 83 RBI’s last season. After driving in just 16 runs in the second half of the 2013 campaign, Brown has struggled a great deal in 2014. He’s hitting .218 with just five homers about halfway through the season.
These recent struggles has led ESPN’s Jayson Stark to believe that his value is dropping with every passing minute.
Whatever value he once had, it drops daily. They’ve had a bunch of scouts watching them over the last couple of weeks, and he’s had as bad a stretch, offensively and defensively, as he’s had in the last two seasons. They’re trying to sell him as a guy who did it once so he can do it again. But at this point, they’d have to hope they can find some change-of-scenery candidate just like him to swap him for. I have no idea who that is, though.
This could limit potential trade scenarios, as the Phillies might value Brown more than other teams around baseball. With that said, there is a potential that clubs not currently in contention for a playoff spot might come calling. After all, Brown is a talented young player. As Stark mentioned, it might be all about a change of scenery for the former All-Star.