The winter meetings continue and the Philadelphia Phillies have still done nothing to fill their three holes in the outfield, two holes in the bullpen, and their hole at third base. Other teams have signed players, made trades, and made their teams better. Ruben Amaro up until this point has sat on his hands. Is Ruben Amaro ruining the Phillies chances of a pennant in 2013 by making poor choices?
One argument that Amaro has used over and over again about making trades to improve his roster is his unwillingness to sell the farm and mortgage the future. He says he wants to make sure the Phillies are good today and in the future. Guess what? The Phillies aren’t that good right now. They had a .500 season and the two teams ahead of them have both improved. As for the future, a prospect is just that. There is no guarantee that any of them will pan out. If trading a few of them lands you a young proven commodity such as Justin Upton, you need to do it. Consider the following facts.
Amaro blew the Phillies chances of going to the World Series in 2010 and perhaps having the greatest team in franchise history when he traded Cliff Lee using his excuse that the farm system was too depleted after trading for Lee then Roy Halladay. The players involved in the three trades were Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Taylor, Jason Donald, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Lou Marson, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gillies. Considering the Phillies got two ace pitchers, have any of these players proven that they should not have traded for Lee or Halladay? None of these players have
even done enough to make them worth more than had the Phillies traded one of them for a middle reliever.
Drabek is 8-15 with a 5.34 ERA. d’Arnaud, a former first round pick, is now 23 and only played in 67 games last year. He is a .286 career hitter at the minor league level. Michael Taylor is now 26 and has a career average of .176 with 1 homerun. Jason Donald hit .202 in 2012 while Carlos Carrasco is 10-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 3 big league seasons. Jason Knapp was just released by the Indians and Lou Marson hit .226 in 70 games. Phillippe Aumont showed some promise for about 10 days out of the Phillies bullpen. He could end up being the best of the ten, but no where near the talent that was traded for him. J.C. Ramirez struggled at Lehigh Valley where he had a 4.28 ERA and Tyson Gillies is a 24 year old Double A player that has had multiple injuries and issues off of the field.
Ten prospects were involved in the three trades involving Halladay and Lee. Not one of the prospects has shown to live anywhere near up to their potential. So when you hear Ruben Amaro and his not wanting to mortgage the future rhetoric, consider these ten prospects. Then consider that the Phillies have real needs and real holes to fill this season. Amaro either does not want to spend the money or the magic of the Pat Gillick era is wearing off and we are seeing what Ruben Amaro is really about as a GM. Either way, it is not acceptable to the Philadelphia fan base.
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