Ruben Amaro actually played baseball once.. He wasn’t to good at that either.
As Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro continues his regression towards worst general manager in the major leagues, what more can we expect from him? The good news is that while he dangles Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee in front of potential trading partners, he is smart enough to demand that any team doing business with him must also take the complete salary that each of those players are signed to. It’s also understandable that he would like to sell and trade Dominic Brown while his trade value is high, but it seems like Brown’s best years are still ahead of him.
Amaro should be commended for trading backup catcher Eric Kratz and taking a chance on inexpensive relief pitcher Brad Lincoln. The problem is his other moves seem mind boggling when you are trying to potentially trade three of your most productive players. It makes no sense to sign aging veterans like Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley, regardless of how fond we are of Utley and Chooch for their previous accomplishments.
Does Amaro want to win now by making these signings or is he trying to rebuild by putting Hamels, Lee, and Brown on the trading block? Most of the Philadelphia fan base should be confused by his actions. Pat Gillick had the reigns when the Phillies core were at the peak of there performance and at a more youthful stage of their career. But since then Amaro has done nothing to capitalize off the success of the 2008 championship.
Instead, since 2008 they have gone from winning the championship, to losing in the World Series in 2009, to then losing the National League Championship in 2010. The following year they lost in the first round of the playoffs. In 2012 they became the very definition of an average team losing a game for every game they won. Last year they became a losing team and now he expects to make these perplexing moves and contend for a title?
The final straw might have been the early dismissal of one of the most beloved managers in franchise history. Charlie Manuel, for all he has done, deserved to finish the season last year. He clearly wanted to finish the year and was not happy when he found out he had been fired.
It can arguably be debated that two of the most disheartening days in the recent coaching history of philadelphia sports, might be the death of the late and great defensive genius Jim Johnson and the early termination of Charlie Manuel’s contract. Charlie brought a championship to this city after such a long drought. He deserved to finish the year regardless of whatever circumstances were involved with present coach Ryne Sandberg.
If only the Phillies could beg Pat Gillick to come back and create some sort of structure and sensibility out of what has turned into this circus show that is now currently the Phillies’ front office. Only time will tell how much further this organization continues into it’s downward spiral. That seems to be the only direction Ruben Amaro seems to be taking things. If he were dismissed in the near future it might be in the teams best interest so that a capable general manager might have a fighting chance at restoring order to a once prideful major league team.