With the trade deadline approaching at 4 p.m. Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies as they are currently constructed may have taken the field for the last time Wednesday when they were routed by the New York Mets, 11-2, at Citi Field. But first baseman Ryan Howard -- one of the players who may be vulnerable if the last-place Phillies decide to embark upon a rebuilding project -- said he wasn't thinking too much about the trade deadline before, during or after the Phillies' latest loss. The Phillies are bogged down with players who will be difficult, if not impossible, to trade. Howard is hitting just .223 with 123 strikeouts in 391 at-bats and doesn't appear to be a favorite of manager Ryne Sandberg, but he is due $50 million in the next two seasons plus a $10 million buyout in 2017.
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