After the 4 p.m. trade deadline Phillies fans found out that the Phillies did not trade any of the players like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Antonio Bastardo. Fan reaction ranges anywhere from “Saw the coming” to “WHAT THE HELL THAT’S THE DUMBEST SHIT I’VE EVER HEARD”. Both reactions are setting the #FireRuben campaign on fire once again. Do I think the Phillies should’ve sold some of there valuable pieces to get something back? Absolutely, the only little light you could look for in this situation is that, fan favorite Cole Hamels is a Phillie … so … yay. That is pretty much the only good thing Ruben Amaro Jr. has done as Phillies GM in the past few years.
The players didn’t do any favors for the front office as they shit the bed in one of the most important games for the Phillies selling plea. It also never helps that each one of the guys listed above have big contracts with vesting options except Antonio Bastardo. No one is going to take on money when the guy can just re-up with you as the options on the deals are player options. Honestly, name any player that would turn down a player option that guarantees them a pretty good amount of money. Another reason why the Phillies did not make any moves at the deadline is because Amaro has made a habit of overpaying for OLD, declining talent that isn’t worth the money they’re getting now. Maybe a number of years ago yeah, but now the contracts are just dumb.
Although the rest of the Phillies season is not going to be enjoyable to watch for Phillies fans, there is still the August 31st waiver wire deadline. So there’s still a little glimmer of hope that the Phillies can get back something for the players that are supposedly still on the trade block. That’s if you believe Amaro Jr. has a shred of sanity left and is actually considering moving anyone.
Ruben Amaro then had the balls to say that he actually LIKED what he did at the deadline, “Not disappointed, more surprised that there wasn’t more aggressive action from the other end. We have some pretty good baseball players here. It’s not a scenario where we were asking for players that were their top prospects. We were not looking for exorbitant paybacks, so to speak, we were looking for that would help us, but I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had. Frankly, I don’t think the clubs were aggressive enough for the talent we have on our club.”
Good ol’ RAJ just as delusional as always. For some reason the Phillies GM doesn’t see what literally everyone else on the planet sees, this team is not good and no one wants them.
Since Amaro Jr. has taken over as GM, the team has regressed every year since 2010 and is now in a black hole of losing that they most likely won’t be able to escape from for another 3 years or so. All I have to say to end this is get #FireRuben trending.