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Are the Phils buyers?

A huge wild card in the trade deadline sweepstakes is how the Philadelphia Phillies react as July 31 approaches. Other teams that have talked with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro lately say he's talking about buying, not selling, tweets ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The Phillies (45-46) have struggled all season, but remain in realistic striking distance of a postseason berth. With plenty of potential trading chips such as Michael Young, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley, a decision to buy could sway the market significantly.

In Sunday’s Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo says at least 10 teams have made contact with the Phillies regarding Young, a free agent at the end of this season. One major league source, and it would "be an upset" if the Phillies held on to Young, who has been linked to Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers.