Daily News columnist Bill Conlin writes that he wouldn’t part with five-tool outfielder Michael Taylor under no uncertain terms, even if it meant getting a pitcher to fortify a busted rotation. Here’s the problem with that.
Even if the Phillies’ best prospects reach their estimated ceiling, doesn’t the vision for what the Phillies may become, seven years down the road, pale in comparison to what they’re set up to achieve right now? The window in baseball never stays open for long, and odds are always against prospects, even the best ones, to develop into productive Major League contributors. Conlin writes “Don't break up potential belting bookends Michael Taylor and Ryan Howard before they have gone back-to-back for the first of what should be many times.” I’d settle for Howard and Werth in a repeat appearance deep in the postseason. Unfortunately, it may take a farm-gutting move for front-line pitching to get there. In other words, don’t get attached to players like Taylor. It’s the price the Phils will need to pay for immediate, high-impact help. In other words, no prospect should classify as untouchable while the window remains open.