Just admit it- you got it totally wrong. We all did. The blowhards on ESPN did. The national writers did. Everybody did. Sure, this team looked sluggish from the day they got to Clearwater, sure they had major injuries strike before opening day (in fact, before the final out of 2011 was recorded), sure they were a year older. No one though, not anyone serious, thought the Phillies would be here- 37-50, done in the NL East race, on the verge of selling off their squad. Anyone who claims they did, they are a liar.
Here we are though, one of the worst teams in baseball. If you're handing out a grade so far, you can't say much more than "F" for the season, unless you have a lower grade to hand out. The starting staff, while unfortunately hurt, can't get much higher than a "D." The line-up's numbers aren't as awful as you think, but they're a "D" too, due to inconsistency and lack of timely hitting. The bench has stunk, though it was raided for starters most of the year, but it gets an "F." The bullpen? "F-" from me. I won't fail Charlie as a manager, because he was given a defective product, but his performance hasn't been good, and he's lost this team some games with bad decisions, so he's a "D-." Basically the whole thing's a failure, and it's a big "Fail" from me.
So I'm saying it's time to accept a different role at this time of year than the starring one we've had five straight years. We're not going to win the division, the playoffs are a crazy pipe dream, and we'll be really lucky to finish anywhere near .500, even if we don't sell. So, sell, sell, sell, it is. It's time for this team to sell off it's parts, re-coup a lot of young pieces, and try look towards winning a championship in 2013. Yes, no re-building period, win immediately.
As for what you're selling, here's how I break down the parts to move: