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Olney: Phils Reaching Out to Other Teams

So it begins.

ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies are calling other teams to let them know some players are available. All, except one:

All most of us can say is, about damn time. After Saturday’s embarrassment, this is actually somewhat exciting.



  1. Hogey's Role

    July 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This losing streak is a blessing in disguise I guess you would say…

    We need to sell, this is good news

    • Eddie J

      July 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      You’re right, they need to sell. But I don’t think it’s a disguise at all. It was necessary to shake Amaro out of his delusion this team could contend.

      Amaro, like most people in sports, likes to think his players are good enough to win everything (look no further than across the street at the Eagles’ camp for more proof).

      Sure, some teams with similar records have stormed back to win. But those teams were underachievers who got it together. This team has overachieved to hover around. 500 all year. With poor defense, an anemic offense, inconsistent starting pitching and no bullpen it’s a credit to the team they’ve managed to keep it up this long. But it’s unsustainable. Time to retool for the future.

  2. Riptor

    July 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I want to see a little bit of selling, not too much. I think there are some pieces the Phillies can part with and still have a hope of staying competitive next year.

    • Paul

      July 29, 2013 at 12:10 am

      So do I. Dom Brown, Darin Ruf, and Ben Revere should stay. All three should be great players with time.

  3. Tim

    July 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Anyone else get the feeling that the Phils are saying that Lee is “untouchable” because they’re trying to drive even more interest in him?

  4. George

    July 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I wonder who else is not on the list, or who is only there in case another team makes a ridiculous overpayment.

    I’m sure there are lots of players to be traded, but I also think the Phils have a ton of garbage that can’t be traded even to the Long Island Ducks. No team is going to make a deal for Nix, or Mini, or Valdez, or Howard, or Adams. Guys like D.Young might get a nibble, but no one would give up mare than organizational filler for that kind of player.

    I firmly believe that the only guys who are worth anything to other teams are the very ones Amaro will balk on. He’ll be asking too much for the Utleys and Papelbons because he’ll believe they can still help in 2014.

  5. Bryan

    July 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    What seems to be the problem?? Have a lot of talent but the Phils just cannot seem to do anything or have that We can’t be beat attitude anymore! Is it the Charlie ? Who can explain?

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm


    So Dummy Amaro junior is going to make good deals now?

    After 5 years of horrible ones all the sudden he will make correct decisions?

    I wish you could post photos here. Id like to post one of Fred Sanford saying you big dummy.

    How many losing seasons and terrible teams will have to be endured before he is gone?

    He doesn’t even really have a grasp of the sport or talent or contracts.

    I hope Phillies management will address the real problem. The sooner the better.

  7. john

    July 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    time to rebuild ! love to see a lot of guys go. not so much with utley ,but bye bye chase. love ya but, need to get something for ya.
    love to see rollins go, bye chooch( don’t like the fact that you don’t establish the fast ball with young bullpen guys), see ya papple bum. bye m. young.
    i’d keep lee, unless someone offers you a great deal, including a young ace. pitching will always give a team a shot.
    i like d. young’s approach at the plate. want galvis back up, should be here now. joyner has done wonders with d. brown. revere is a keeper after rough start. you can’t move howard. bye some cheap players who actually get on base, and don’t strike out so often ,like the a’s do.
    i want fundamentally sound hitters, looking to get on base.
    charlie has never been liked by me ! hello mr sandberg !

    • Ty

      July 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Galvis is terrible. He can’t hit and his defense is hardly comparable to Jimmy.

      • Esteban

        July 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        Have you actually watched Freddie Galvis play defense. He’s probably the best defensive infielder in the system. He gets to everything, has a cannon for an arm and can play multiple positions even though he’s a natural shortstop. He played great defense at second and third when called upon. Maybe you should actually watch the games instead of reading blogs and going by what’s on there~

      • john

        July 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        rollins better than galvis on defense , somebody bumped his head.

  8. Manny

    July 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I think it’s time to get rid of Charlie Manuel. Let Sandberg manage the team the rest of the season and see how they respond. If it goes well, we’re set for the next several years… otherwise, we can look at other options without wasting yet another season.

    • Manny

      July 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      And a grand slam… seriously. We have terrible players yes. But it also feels like we have no manager whatsoever. Charlie’s time is up.

      • Double Trouble Del

        July 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        Charlie didn’t sign Garcia or call up Diekman. These guys are RAJ’s and should be exposed as non-contributors.

  9. rob

    July 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Phillies need to declare Bankruptcy like Detroit so that they can dump those big salaries LOL!

  10. Johnny Goodtimes

    July 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Bryan, sorry dude but this team doesn’t have a lot of talent. They have two great lefties (one of them having a down year), and a solid right fielder, and that’s about it. Chooch can’t hit without Adderall and the rest of the team is either bums or injured. Delmon Young is a joke, Mayberry will be a Camden Rivershark by next year, Ruf isn’t ready for prime time, and Michael Young could best be described as “adequate”. Utley is probably gonna get hurt any day now (that’s why I’d trade him ASAP while he still has value). The bullpen is absolutely a laughingstock, the Ryan Howard signing is one of the worst in sports history. The team has an ancient lineup and a weak farm system. They should be selling any and everything they can while they still have value and try to rebuild around Brown, Revere, and Hamels. The only players off the list should be Cole and Dom. Open season on the other 23 (though as we all know Howard isn’t going anywhere).

  11. c. schreiber

    July 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Are you f—ing kidding me. Mcdonald and Minimart batting back to back. The Tigers are in trouble now. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha what a frigging joke this season has become.

  12. Doug

    July 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Young and Rollins both replaced– a deal in the works?

    ***crosses fingers and prays***

    Bring up Hernandez and Asche

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t see Dummy sending Rollins anywhere.
    After all 2 years ago when he was a FA the Dummy bid against himself when no one else wanted Rollins.

    I also am skeptical of another team actually wanting him.

    Although I suppose on another team he could hit 8th or 9th where he should have been hitting the last 4 years.

    He does have value for another team. That will use him properly because he can still defend.

    But he is like the rest of Rubens buddies and untouchable.

    • Chuck A.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      That deal for Rollins was actually a pretty good one and he has pretty much played up to it. I can’t blame Ruben for that one.

      • Manny

        July 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Agreed. The Rollins deal was fair. There are many reasons to criticize RAJ’s job… that deal isn’t one of them.

  14. Double Trouble Del

    July 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Peralta could be suspended in the Biogenesis sweep so maybe Rollins could be shipped to Detroit with Papelbon . Or maybe it’s wishful thinking.

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Long time no see Chuck A.
    Hope all is well with you.

    I just don’t think paying him 11 million a year was warrented when no one else really wanted him.
    I don’t think anyone else really wants him now till 2015. I guess we will see.

    But yes in the grand scheme of Ruben Dummy Amaros decisions its not one of the worst.

    Rollins is probably worth 5-7 mil a year for another team that hits him at the back half of their line up. Which is where guys with .310 on base need to hit.

  16. brooks

    July 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Quite the offensive explosion by the Phils today huh?
    Doh, to Dieky, Batardo, Garcia.. et al…
    I’m all for a remake a serious remake starting at the top.. Rube, Cholly

  17. TheDipsy

    July 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    While Cliff Lee would bring back the most in a trade, I believe that Amaro wants to keep him – and with good reason. There is going to be nobody available in FA in 2014. This division is not a good one and with good starting pitching next year we could have a chance – provided Amaro can rebuild the offense and get players that are interested in getting on base and moving runners, etc. You know – “fundamentals”. My advice to Amaro on the offense – think of a player that approaches hitting like Ryan Howard, and then go out and gets guys that do the exact opposite.

    The Dipsy

    • Carlos Danger

      July 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Anyone but Lee, Hamels, and Brown should be available and there should be a priority on moving Utley and Papelbon.

    • dan feltman

      July 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      this team is awful,as a 14 game season plan holder,you will never have my business again,i can watch bad baseball anywhere,here is an idea,fire ruben,he sucked as a player and sucks as a gm.

      • jobangone

        July 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        There are those that believe this team can contend next season. On what planet! I would rather see the young kids with some youthful enthusiasm than all the laid back millionaires that are painful to watch. I grew up watching Mays, Musial, Aaron and so on. They played because they loved the game and not the dollar.

  18. Manny

    July 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    The guy we really need to trade is Papelbon. He’s very good…but only for now. He won’t be nearly as good next year…or the one following that. He’s started to decline so now would be a good time to sell high and free some salary space for the near to medium-term future.

    • Lefty

      July 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I have been railing to get this done quickly, like for TWO months now. I’ve watched the declining velocity graphs, and this is a classic “almost fall off the cliff” type of decline. We needed to do this back then, when everyone was asking me – “Well who is going to be our closer then?”

      And I kept asking, Who cares! Sometimes you’ve just got to cut bait and run. Now it’s a matter of – just get a middling youngster, maybe two, and dump the damn contract already.

      There could also be a hidden injury, but we know the Phillies and their players would never tell us that until they have to.

  19. Double Trouble Del

    July 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    After all is said and done, I don’t see a natural match between a Philles player on the block and a team with a) a need for said Phillies player and b) anything worthwhile in terms of return prospects or players.

  20. Double Trouble Del

    July 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I expect little to happen before the July 31 trade deadline. Perhaps more will be done in August waiver wire deals.

  21. Michael

    July 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I don’t think Manuel is the problem, certainly the huge contract to Howard in hindsight is easy to criticize. I agree we have some aging veterans who may not have a lot let, Utley I feel is still playing fairly well he certainly has fallen off a bit. In all fairness, he has been with us for 10 years, he has played through a lot of injuries and has shown a lot of guts especially with the hip issue in 2008. He had beat himself to the ground and it caught up with him. Howard just needs to get healthy, he had a pretty good year in 2011 (33 homers, 30 doubles) so I dont think he is too much of the problem. Yes he strikes out a lot but so did Jim Thome, I think thats what you get with sluggers unless your talking about Pujols when he was with the Cardinals. Get the pitching rotation back together and playing well as a staff, (I have a feeling Halladay will come back very strong next year), Lee has been excellent and Hamels will bounce back. As far as the bullpen, they are young and some of them should turn into pretty good players, Bastardo I dont see the beef with him that people have. His WHIP is very high though so that must be it As far as Rollins is concerned, he’s never been a great on base percentage guy hes not the prototypical lead off man. He certainly needs to be better though as a hitter. In his 12th year, his best days may be behind him however.

    I will agree with those that said we need good fundamental hitters, even in the world series years we got by on the long ball and one or two clutch hits and the pitching did the rest. Also hitting with runners in scoring position has always been our downfall and needs to be addressed. Young needs to be better at the plate, I haven’t seen enough of him to judge his defense for myself but I read it is poor. Obviously, if I was a GM I would concern myself with a 3B that can defend before he can hit. I also agree that we need more organizaitonal depth, I became concerned with all the trades to get Lee back, and to get Halladay that we were depleting the farm system. I wouldnt be opposed to trading Utley or Rollins even though as I stated I think they still have something to offer but are certainly getting towards the backside of their careers. Young could go also. IMO, Amaro gets another year and if we can at least make the playoffs he stays for a 2nd year. Every GM screws up once in a while and in hindsight it is very easy to second guess Amaro. Lets see if he can correct his mistakes. To me as long as he doesn’t keep giving out crazy contracts and gets some prospects we’ll be fine. I think we had a pretty decent draft it seems so I hate to use the dreaded rebuilding word but thats where things are at, cant change the past and the rest of this year is shot have to wipe the slate clean and try again next year maybe even the year after that. Hopefully next year we will see some potential with a younger lineup that can bring some energy. I really miss a guy like Victorino as a spark plug but hopefully we can hit on a younger version of him and build around that and count on Howard to get back to 2011 form at least, and as I said the pitching staff needs to come back together again. Also, a more experienced bullpen will help.

  22. Mike in NJ

    July 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I really don’t care as long as Ruin Tomorrow, JR is running the team. He’ll just get schooled like the amateur he is. FFS even Ed Wade picked his pocket on the Pence trade. Really, pretty much every move he’s made since (and including) trading away Cliff Lee has been a disaster, except Maybe the Oswalt trade.

    • john

      July 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      ruin tomorrow, lmao. niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !

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