Are the Phillies a buyer or seller at the trade deadline? General manager Ruben Amaro Junior has said the games leading up to the All-Star break would help determine that. The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games and playing better.
But is that enough to make the Phillies a buyer? If the Phillies decide they have a shot at the post-season, does it make sense to take on more salary and possibly deal some prospects (of which the Phillies have very few) to secure some veteran (read older) players to make a post-season run. And if they do that, how will that impact future seasons? Will they be any better positioned to be a playoff team if they buy rather than sell?
For me, I've seen how that has worked out the last few years...and the answer is no. Don't make the mistake of further depleting your minor league system for a wishful chance at the playoffs...and making yourself even older.
The Phillies are already paying the price for the Ryan Howard contract of a few years back. That will be an albatross for them...so let's get back to the building from within with younger players, and not go for the quick fix, thinking there is chance to make a playoff run...because as we've seen (last year), the Phillies can probably make a playoff run as easily with what they have as with adding some older parts that may or may not fit in. I say sell...at least a few of the veteran players who may get something in return, like Rollins. But let's not delude ourselves into thinking the recent 7-3 run has suddenly made them a playoff team. It's time to build for the future.
Posted at 9:43am on July 12, 2013 by Big Don Voltz
I am not in the mood for either buying or selling this season. I am in favor of building from within. If we need to buy or trade for some minor leaguers, I would go with that.
Remembering the 70's, when we put together the team that gave us division championships and finally the 1980 World Series win, much of its success came from the minor league system we had put in place. Yes, there were some key trades, like Pete Rose. But much of the team was home grown.
Even if we would make a legit run for post season, what happens then? We would still need a new team for next year.
Let's keep what we've got with our eyes firmly on the next three years. Keep the team intact and let them go out gracefully. Make it very clear that starting next year, we will be building. Do whatever is necessary during the off season to make that happen. And that includes the managing and coaching staff. At age 69, will Charlie want to build another team? Hopefully not. Let him go at the end of his contract with no hard feelings on either side. Then put a team on the field and in the dugout that will be fun to watch, even if they will be loveable losers for a few years. Not like the Cubs, mine you. I'm saying a FEW years, not centuries! Give us a team that will grow and progress like we had in the 70's.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 1:28pm
I think both Big Don and JimH said it well. Time to rebuild via our minor league system, not by depleting it, but by building it. No "magic" fix. Do it the right way, which does take time as JimH pointed out, but DO IT.
I agree it might be time for managing and coaching staff to be changed too, where needed. Charlie, it may be time for you to go at the end of your contract, as JimH said, no hard feelings, but its probably time.
Time to rebuild.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 3:31pm
True, inside is always best, but realistically sometimes you have to go outside. With the scouting skills the Phillies have, I would encourage them to buy, but do so on cheaper, untested, good long range prospects... They may turn out to help out later this season, and they won't hurt next seasons.
For the past 10 years the playoffs have been determined by whom is the best rested as the playoff season begins.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 1:29pm
With the watered down playoff system and TWO wild card teams for each league, the Phillies are still very much in the race. So they can't be sellers. They might be buyers but there's not much floating around out there that would be worth buying.
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