Retool, Not a Redo

There has been a lot of losing lately, and the Phillies are preparing themselves for trades in the event they keep losing.

The Phillies have not been sellers before the July 31 Trade Deadline since 2006, when they moved Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Franklin and others to change the look on the field and the chemistry in the clubhouse. But no matter what happens in the next few weeks, even if the Philies become sellers, Ruben Amaro Jr. said today the Phillies plan on competing in the future.

“It’s more about retooling than it is redoing,” he said at Citi Field. “We’ve got a lot of players that are pretty damn good that I expect to be playing next year for us.”

The will have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Hunter Pence and others under contract next season.

“We plan on being contenders in ’13, ’14, ’15 and ’16,” Amaro said. “We’re not blowing this team up. That’s not going to happen. Regardless of what happens over the next couple of weeks, we plan on being contenders for the next several years. Even if we don’t get to the finish line this year we still view ourselves as contenders after this year.”

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Reblogged this on The Phanatic Addict and commented:
Does this put you at ease?

Thanks for offering a viable alternative to that other blog. Keep up the good work. I sat in Connie Mack as a kid & listened to people boo Del Ennis without mercy. Check out his stats sometime on baseball-reference. 30 mill/3 years today? Note the SO/W ratio. And yes he was a sub-par fielder.

In all due respect & to quote Stephen Smith, “i hear what you are saying… but you’re wrong.” REBUILD.

Translation: We have a lot of big contracts that nobody else wants.

Seems to me they need a 3rd baseman, a left-fielder, and a new bullpen. They also have to seriously be planning for 2nd base without Utley. Maybe Galvis can do it, but after Mayberry, I’d be cautious. Seems to be something between a retool and a rebuild, depending on any bullpen help coming from the minors?

Not an easy task, especially in this market. Glad its not my job.

The first move should be to get rid of Ruin Tomorrow, Jr. Who is responsible for spending hundreds of millions to put the Phillies current team on the field while eviscerating the farm system while he was at it? Everything this guy touches turns to shit. How in the hell can a team with three “Aces” lose six games in a row? It bollixes the mind..But enough of this negativity. One 10 to 15 game winning streak and the Phillies are back in it. Hey, this is baseball, anything can happen until it cannot happen so says the Magic Number..

Aces pitching sub-par ball ain’t Amaro’s fault. If anything, he had too much faith in a depleted and less-than-hopeful bullpen. I understand that spikes need to find some heads when the team is losing games, but Amaro isn’t the issue. Last spring training the man was the anointed one for pulling down all those aces. Now it’s his fault? The proof is in the stats. Not in the front office. There are a list of folks who have underperformed. And last year, when Howard batted .253 and knocked in 116, the city was still pissed. We still called it “under-performing.” Our fans are rough. And that’s fine. We are inimitable. But spread the disdain. Don’t blow it down one throat.

Time for our aces to start brushing them back. Spread some fear again.

My two cents.

Joe, you are entitled to your opinion but what ails the Phillies is not just what is happening on the field this year. Notwithstanding 102 wins last year, it has been a downward spiral for the Phillies during Ruin’s entire tenure as GM. I forget the name of the other contender for the GM job but I do remember he played a large part in player development and the building of the Phillies from the ground up. Anyone could have done what Ruin has done given the wherewithal to throw around large chunks of money. Where is the baseball skill and acumen in doing that?

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