The growing sentiment among baseball writers around the country is that Ruben Amaro Jr. is asking for a hefty return on all of the players the Phillies could offer up on trade deadline day. Perhaps too hefty.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was one of the first to point this out by saying, "Rival executives say team is asking too much for older, expensive players."
There were early reports that the Mariners were interested but that Ruben's asking price, coupled with Byrd's partial no-trade clause and 2016 option, could prevent a deal to Seattle happening. It's been said that Byrd would want his 2016 option picked up to move to Seattle, an obvious deterrent for the Mariners to give up any quality talent.