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Amaro: No Mandate to Shed Payroll

From Matt Gelb’s piece in the Inquirer today comes some uncharacteristically earnest quotes from Ruben Amaro Jr. and an unusually candid series of quotations from the GM.

Here are some of the highlights from the piece:

  • “Amaro does not need to trade anyone. He said there is no mandate from ownership to shed payroll, even as the team has experienced an average decrease of 5,871 fans per game this season at Citizens Bank Park.”
  • Amaro believes he will get a significant return for either Cliff Lee or Jonathan Papelbon without having to take on salary while cautioning “I don’t anticipate (trading Lee or Papelbon)”
  • Amaro is open, however, to taking on salary for the right deal, citing the decision making process in the 2005 Jim Thome trade when the Phillies assumed $24 million of the traded slugger’s contract.
  • Most importantly to Phillies fans, Amaro says he has not been ordered to shed payroll: “It’s about making baseball deals, not monetary deals. I haven’t been mandated to go and shed payroll. I’ve never had that mandate.”

The piece from Gelb is a good read and considers the possible effects of trading marquee names like Chase Utley, Lee, and Papelbon on the estimated $4-5 billion TV deal that will arrive after the 2015 season.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. FACE

    July 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

    “Amaro is open, however, to taking on salary for the right deal, citing the decision making process in the 2005 Jim Thome trade when the Phillies assumed $24 million of the traded slugger’s contract. – See more at: http://philliesnation.com/archives/2013/07/amaro-no-mandate-to-shed-payroll/#sthash.e2j8VxQG.dpuf

    Translation: We’ll eat some of Howards salary if anyone will take him and give us something back.

    I’d deal Lee and Papelbon for some young talent and see if you could get some relievers in return for Young, Rollins and Delmon Young.

  2. George

    July 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t really see anything particularly “earnest” here. It’s pretty much what I’d expect a GM to say, and he’s almost contradicting himself by stating they don’t have to take on money, but they will if the right deal comes along and that he doesn’t expect to trade Lee or Papelbon, but says they wouln’t pay part of either’s salary.

    There may be no mandate, but there could certainly be a little pressure to shed payroll.

    Once again, Amaro says a lot, but none of it means much.

  3. Dave

    July 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Amaro should be fired for the way he’s handled (or not handled) our bullpen issues for the last 2 seasons and giving 25 million to Ryan Howard….period. If anyone else made a 25 million dollar mistake and failed to fix an issue that has plagued this team for 2 years, they would be fired. When people like David Aardsma are available and Amaro doesn’t pick them up, you have to wonder what he’s doing throughout the day.

    • George

      July 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Congress makes $25 BILLION dollar mistakes all the time, and some of those clowns have had their jobs for decades.

      • Dave

        July 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        So true George…but let’s not go there. I could go on for days!!

  4. LouA

    July 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    yeah right Dave, the Howard deal Amaro made was the world’s worse IMHO. Maybe we should feel gr8 after all he finally got a hit last night and is ready to roll (1 for 23) is it or I lost count. He had other streaks same-O…..
    something has to happen but it really should start with him first being put OUT…..

    • schmenkman

      July 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

      41 games through May 20: .245/.282/.430 (.713 OPS), 4.6% walk%

      36 games since May 21: .294/.361/.500 (.861 OPS), 9.0% walk%

      We’ll see if he can keep it up…

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