Amaro Talks Trades
Here is what he said:
Q: Looking for help at second base or third base?
A: We’ve talked to several clubs on a many different fronts, not just addressing that particular issue. We’ve talked to a lot of clubs about some other possibilities, too. We’ve been pretty pro-active. Again, trades are not easy and acquiring players are not easy. Again, we have to assess what our needs are going to be two or three weeks from now, too. Because we’re going to get (Placido) Polanco back. The prognosis on him is pretty good. We should get him back in two or three weeks. The fact that Chase (Utley) is going to get his stitches out in a couple weeks and in five weeks he’ll be doing mobilization stuff … while it’s going to be a while and it’s going to be a big blow to us, the way the guys have played so far, we may have a totally different need come July 31 than adding a piece in the infield.
Q: Likelihood you will add an infielder?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Charlie Manuel said the other day in Pittsburgh he thought he is more concerned about the pitching than the infield, even without Utley and Polanco.
A: I’m always more concerned about the pitching. That never ever stops. Again, at the end of the day our team offensively should be able to handle the loss of a couple of these guys. It’s difficult, but with the talent that we have offensively we should be able to absorb that. But you can never have enough pitching, especially when you’re trying to contend.
Q: So are you kicking yourself now knowing that you had that pitching in Cliff Lee in December? You had to figure you would need pitching at this point, right?
A: If we had Cliff Lee we wouldn’t have Roy Halladay. It’s pretty simple.
Q: If you couldn’t have Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but still can get pitching help right now, why were those two things mutually exclusive?
A: Time and circumstance dictates some of the things you can and cannot do.
Q: What do you mean?
A: We just felt like we were in a position to be able to hold one guy and not to hold the other guy. We had to put ourselves in a position not to leave our club and our organization with the cupboard bare. By moving all of this talent from our organization it just made it very difficult to continue doing business long term.
Q: Do you have enough in the cupboard now to get somebody that could make a difference
A: I think we do.
Q: So then wouldn’t your cupboard be bare again?
A: It depends on the deal I can make.
Q: If you have limited resources, do you think you have to use them on pitching or an infielder?
A: For me it would be pitching because we know we’re going to get our infielders back.
Q: Would you consider moving somebody from the 25-man roster?
Q: Is that because you consider all options?
Q: Last year it sounded like less of a possibility.
A: Well, obviously I don’t want to weaken my club, but if I have to weaken one area to strengthen another I might do that.
Q: Domonic Brown has only been in Triple-A for 12 games, but has played very well. Could you see him helping you this season?
A: Could he help us? Possibly. But again it’s only been 12 games. You said it yourself. But he’s making a good impression. The players dictate their progress. He’s dictating it.
Q: Have you seen any improvement from Raul Ibanez? His power numbers still aren’t there.
A: His power numbers aren’t there, but he’s getting some hits. It’s about production. The same goes for Ryan (Howard). He’s hitting .290. He’s still producing. Part of the reason we’re not scoring a whole ton of runs is we didn’t have Jimmy (Rollins) at the top of our lineup. Shane (Victorino) had some success at the top part of our lineup, but then he got cold for a while. If you don’t have guys on base in front of you, you’re not going to have the production that you need. I’m glad Jimmy’s back. Obviously he’s helped us. I’m looking forward to getting Polanco and Jimmy atop the lineup because that’s going to help us win games. When Jimmy scores runs we win games. That’s a product of having our big boys have a chance to drive them in.
Q: Would entertain a deal that involved Brown?
A: I’m not going to get into those discussions.
Q: Reports you’re feeling out Jayson Werth‘s value on the market. Would you move him?
A: I don’t talk about rumors. I don’t talk about players, and I don’t talk about rumors.
Q: Where is Brown short right now in terms of being ready?
A: Experience. Playing at a higher level.
Q: Would he be over his head here?
A: You don’t know that until he’s here. I don’t know. I don’t think so. I don’t think he’d be over his head, but being over your head and being a productive major league player are two different things.
Q: Could you add payroll?
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