Phillies Appear To Be Standing Pat For Now

Philadelphia fans hoping that a trade might snap the Phillies out of their recent poor form may be waiting for a while.  Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke to reporters today in New York and's Todd Zolecki passes on the news that Amaro doesn't think a roster overhaul is necessary.

"We're not making any major moves here," Amaro said.  "This is our team out here and they'll be fine. If we get the guys healthy we'll be fine."

Amaro's comments about the Phillies' lineup ("I don't know if there's anybody better than the players we [have] …we have one of the best nine in the game") seem to indicate that acquiring a position player isn't in the works.  The Phillies' problem isn't that their lineup has any obvious holes, it's just that proven stars like Chase Utley and Jayson Werth are in the midst of slumps. 

When asked about acquiring pitching, however, Amaro didn't outright dismiss the possibility that his club might pursue an arm.  Amaro said that J.A. Happ and Ryan Madson returning from the disabled list "gives us quite a bit of depth," but left unsaid was what the team might do if either hurler has a setback, or isn't up to form once they're off the DL.

Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News pointed out yesterday that the Phillies' large payroll and lack of top prospects (besides Domonic Brown) might also be a factor in a lack of trade deadline action.  Even if the Phillies do decide to add a pitcher or some other player for the stretch run, it will likely be a lower-level acquistion rather than the likes of a Cliff Lee.

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8 Comments on "Phillies Appear To Be Standing Pat For Now"

5 years 2 months ago

Dear Chase Utley,

Please keep slumping. 1st place is fun.



5 years 2 months ago

Cliff Lee is available.

5 years 2 months ago

How not to manage a ballclub: Trade away all your farm talent for major leaguers and then waaaaay overpay those players.

5 years 2 months ago

scottandwtb , Who is way over paid? just wondering.

5 years 2 months ago

scottandwtb , Who is way over paid? just wondering.

5 years 2 months ago

Not to beat a dead horse…but trading Cliff Lee for second rate prospects instead of keeping him here to form a great rotation (Halladay, Lee, Hamels) for one year and then taking the two compensatory picks for Lee was one of the worst trades ever conceived. Those two picks are far more valuable than Aumont, Ramirez and Gillies who have been bad to awful players this year and were considered second rate prospects before this year. Aumont was projected to be a bottom rotation starter type and he’s the best of the bunch. Ruben set the tone for a down year with this move, apparently designed to help Pat Gillick’s old team and nothing more.

5 years 2 months ago

Ryan Howard, given his recent extension. And this is coming from a Phillies fan who enjoys having him on the team and appreciates what he has done for us.

5 years 2 months ago

Overpaid on Phillies:
Ibanez, Howard, Madson, Lidge, Polanco to name a few.