The Phillies have Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz, who have expiring contracts and would both help the Yankees, but this trade rumor doesn’t make a lot of sense. Any deal involving those players would seem like a straight up salary dump for the Phillies, a rich team that doesn’t really need to dump salary.
Beyond that, the Phillies don’t need Joba as he is set to become a free agent himself this offseason. What would be the point for them to go out and dealing for him? He’s not going to help them make the playoffs and would leave in two months anyway. I have a feeling that if the Yankees are going to pry Young and Ruiz away from the Phils it is going to have to be for more than a straight salary dump involving Joba.
Joba has obviously struggled this year. He dealt with an oblique injury that kept him out for nearly a month and has a 5.75 ERA with a 9.7 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 20.1 innings this season. He has expressed interest in being a starting pitcher again and is unlikely to re-sign with the Yankees this offseason.