Around the NHL: Ducks flying high, Hasek to be honored and more
Between the Pipes:Coburn, MacDonald out 4 weeks; Successful road trip ends with win over Pens; Red Wings next

Report: Phillies "Ready To Deal Veterans", Eat Money

Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani

The Phillies have been relatively aggressive thus far this offseason, which technically has not begin yet, since as many as five games of the World Series remain.   The Phillies re-signed free-agent-to-be Grady Sizemore and minor league catcher John Hester.  Additionally, the Phillies outrighted outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., infielder Andres Blanco, and pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, and, avoided arbitration with reliever Cesar Jimenez.   These were all minor moves, but the Phillies are making many more moves than other teams.  It is a sign that the Phillies plan to be aggressive.

Buster Olney of ESPN says that the Phillies plan to be aggressive to the point that they are willing to trade veterans and eat salary:

Could this mean Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins could be moved?  Could more than one of them be moved?  All three?  It sounds like anything is possible.   Though we do not tend to think of him as such, Cole Hamels is indeed at this point a veteran.  He could be moved too.

With Pat Gillick publicly stating that the Phillies should not contend in 2015 or 2016, the Phillies are officially waiving the white flag.  The Phillies have been criticized in the past for holding on to 2008 for way too long.   This may finally be it.  




Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Rebuilding is the right thing to do, now just need to fire Amaro and get a competent GM.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)