Phillies Say Adding Offense Is Unlikely

Though the Phillies are 18th in the Major Leagues with 249 runs scored, their general manager doesn’t expect to make a trade for offense between now and the July 31st trade deadline. Ruben Amaro Jr. told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News that he’s relying on the existing lineup to start producing more.

"We've got plenty of power," Amaro said. "They haven't hit with power. But we have it. They haven't performed like they can, yet. But they will."

Amaro says the Phillies will “live with it” if the offense doesn’t improve this summer. The Phillies are one of nine teams that are in violation of baseball’s debt service rules, so taking on payroll at the deadline will be trickier than expected for a club that leads the league in attendance. The 37-26 Phillies have allowed the second-fewest runs in the National League.

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