After The Worst Season In 14 years What’s Next For Phils
By The Captain
This weekend the Phillies ended their worst season since 2000 with their 89th loss. This group of aging injury prone veterans and a smattering of young players have shown they need significant help if they have any chance of a better outcome in 2014. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admits he made some mistakes this season but clearly doesn’t see how far away this team really is from the championship caliber team of just 2 years ago. Amaro has said he will focus on starting pitching, getting an outfielder and upgrading the catching situation while attempting to bring back Carlos Ruiz. He seems to think this club just needs a bit of tweaking and they can be right back on top. Sadly, Amaro is woefully wrong and the first move that needs to be made is to get someone else in the general manager’s chair that sees the Phillies for what they are and his willing to make the moves to set the team on the long term road back to the top. Read the full article
Look To The Future Or Start The Dark Ages
By The Captain
With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline just a week away Phillies G.M. Ruben Amaro Jr has some work to do if he wants to keep the Phillies from a long stay in the NL East cellar and a pink slip for himself. First things first Ruben and Phillies ownership need to look in the mirror and see the reality that the Phillies are an aging team that is fading quickly and without aggressive action they will be doomed to look up at the rest of the NL East for the next half dozen years. Second, Amaro needs to star aggressively shopping Jonathan Papelbon, Michael Young,Delmon Young, Chase Utley, and Carlos Ruiz. Third, at worst he must have at least 3 of those 5 dealt before the deadline next week.
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Who's to Blame and What to Do?
By The General
It seems like the Phillies awful first half has caused a lot of finger pointing. Many are calling for Manual to be fired, others say Amaro is the cause, and still others feel that with the injuries to Utley, Howard, Halladay and horrible pitching out of the bullpen, that it just isn't the Phillies year. Manuel has indeed made some questionable moves this year, but that can most likely be said of all managers at some point during the season. If the moves happen to work out then the manager is a genius, but if not and the team is failing then the manager is a bum. In Amaro’s case, he knew going in that he would be a good portion of the season without his starting first and second baseman. He was also relying on a bullpen with personal like Contreras, Stutes and Bastardo and hoping they would be as good as last year. I don't think he or Manual envisioned the likes of players like Schwimmer, Diekman, Savery orChad Qualls having to come in in crucial moments of a game. Didn't they realize this was a far cry from: Romero, Madson and Lidge? But they're not the only ones to blame, the team hasn't necessarily been playing stellar defense either and oh by the way, with batting averages like: Victorino (.245), Rollins (.256), Wigginton (.247), and Mayberry (.232) it's difficult to outscore your opponent. Be that as it may, for whatever reason and whoever is at fault, now the Phillies find themselves in dead last, fourteen games behind. What do they do now?
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Who Should The Phils Sell To?
By The Captain
The Phillies 2012 hopes quickly fading away and now it’s time to think about the future. In looking to the future means selling off some of their marketable talent. This is obvious a horrible proposition for anyone in Philadelphia considering how used to the post-season they have become over the last 5 years. The reality is this team has gotten old and selling off some of the soon to be free agents or other potential trade pieces could help them as soon as the 2013 season and for the long term. Now, let’s take a look at what the Phillies have to offer, where and who the possible return could be.
The first to go would likely be Shane Victorino and the best landing spot would be in the division with the Washington Nationals. Before you start screaming, the Nationals have one of the more talent rich farm systems and a need for a centerfielder. My top target would be Anthony Rendon, possibly Steve Lombardozzi, and a decent to marginal prospect. Honestly, if you forced my hand I might even accept just Rendon if the Nat’s would even give up their top prospect. He would be your 3B of the future and a potential middle the order right handed bat. He is on the minor league DL right now with a broken ankle but long term he projects. Lombardozzi would be a nice utility option and even could be the stop gap 3B until Rendon is ready, which at worst would be 2014. Another potential target would be the L.A. Angels Mark Trumbo but that would likely take more than Shane Victorino. I would suspect the only way that would happen is if it was Victorino, Hunter Pence for Trumbo plus and even that is doubtful though interesting. The third team I would look at is the Reds and my favorite targets would be Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier, and Chris Heisey.