By Peter Gleason

Since the Phillies have gotten off to a surprisingly positive start to the 2016 season — 26-21 with a three-game series starting today against the MLB-best Chicago Cubs — a pertinent question has arisen:

Will they be buyers instead of sellers at the July 31 trade deadline?

If the Phillies keep winning close games, they just might be.

These Phillies are not a piece away, and they are still very much geared toward the future. For that reason, if the Phils acquire talent, they will not sacrifice one of their top prospects in the process.

I agree with MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki who tho thinks something more likely will be acquiring a player in a salary dump, or acquiring somebody of a more modest means.

But if you’re wondering if the Phils would trade prospects like Nick Williams and Zach Eflin for a two-month rental, the answer is no way, Jose!