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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ruben Amaro Jr., on standing pat at deadline

Ruben and the Jets had more movement on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

There was less than a half hour remaining unit Thursday’s trade deadline and Ruben Amaro Jr. remained attached to his phone. He continued to talk through scenarios with teams.

But 20 minutes later, he sat on the bench in the visiting dugout at Nationals Park and explained why, for the second straight year, he stood pat.

“Our goal all along was to try to improve the club,” Amaro said, “and there really wasn’t a deal to be made that would help us do that.”

...But wasn’t he at least mildly disappointed he could not get to the finish line in a move that could improve a team in desperate need for improvement?

“Not disappointed, more surprised that there wasn’t more aggressive action from the other end,” Amaro said. “We have some pretty good baseball players here. … This is just a deadline, as I’ve talked about before. Our goal is to try to continue to work through that to see if there’s opportunities now and through the end of the year and on through April.”

...Q: Jonathan Papelbon said he was encouraged after a recent talk with you, saying you guys aren’t rebuilding here. So that’s the plan, reloading?

Amaro: Rebuilding, reloading. I guess there are a lot of semantics involved. But our job is to try to get back to where we’re playing in important games again in September, and we’re getting to a point where we’re contenders again. We’re not playing like contenders now, we’re hopeful we’ll be playing at that level as the seasons wears on here, but up until now, we haven’t played like contenders. My job is to try to get us to that point. Whether it takes a year, three months, or two years, thats my job and i’ll continue to strive to get there.

Q: In your mind can contending happen next year?

Amaro: A lot of it depends on some of the things we can do, how healthy we can stay and… i don’t see a scenario right now where our roster is going to be the same roster in April that it is right now. It will change. It will need to change because we need to get better. But is it possible? Yes. Whether or not we can get there, we’ll see. Our job is to try to put us in a position where we’re contenders again, if we have to take a step back to move forward and get there, we’ll see how it goes.

Repoz Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:02 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. knowledge is STIGGLES, france is bacon Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4762087)
Jay Jaffe ?@jay_jaffe 2h
Ruben Amaro Jr. keeping all of his chips, because while it's not 2009 now, you never know what year it's going to be tomorrow
   2. PreservedFish Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4762095)
What an infuriating interview. I wonder if he talks like that to himself in his brain, or if he just goes into illogical-obfuscation mode when speaking to a journalist.
   3. Tin Angel Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4762099)
What an infuriating interview. I wonder if he talks like that to himself in his brain, or if he just goes into illogical-obfuscation mode when speaking to a journalist.

There are a lot of semantics involved in your statement.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4762110)
Before the season it could make sense to not fire Amaro, because there was a possibility that Ben Revere would turn into history's greatest baseball player and that trade would be seen as the best trade ever. But now, it seems like he should be fired.
   5. jdennis Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4762141)
Wow, the offerings for Howard must have been truly pathetic.
   6. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4762152)
Cliff Lee just pulled himself from the game with elbow issues.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4762153)

Wow, the offerings for Howard must have been truly pathetic.

Jayson Stark reported last week that Howard was offered to AL teams needing a 1B/DH with the Phils offering to may most of the salary and asking nothing in return, and found no takers.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4762156)
Cliff Lee left the game against the Nationals in the 3rd inning, apparently due to an elbow problem. Should have traded him.

EDIT: Coke to #6, which didn't seem to be there a second ago.
   9. JRVJ Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4762160)
8, I don't know about that.

There is such a thing as insurance.
   10. Textbook Editor Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4762180)
Some of these quotes are too good not to repeat. Here's a belly laugh of one:

Amaro: Well, I would disagree with that. It wasn't 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 players 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.

Translation: It's not me, it's everyone else who's crazy!

And then this one:

Amaro: I like our minor league system, just because I think we can always improve there. But we do have more talent than is being depicted publicly. Again, the people who are evaluating our talent, with all due respect, I don't know how accurate they are. But we do have some talented young players and we have some people who are going to help us and have given us some depth.

Translation: All those guys ranking prospects live in their mom's basement!

Seriously would anyone except that ownership group and his immediate family care if he was fired tonight?

I'm telling you the Phillies might be looking at a decade in the wilderness if this ownership group keeps the team.
   11. John Reynard Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:16 AM (#4762331)
I'd care if he was fired. I'd be happy; That is caring.

Don't under-rate the Phillies ability to stay mediocre or bad. What did Bill James say about the Phillies once? They had a bad 20th Century or something like that?

That said, they really could be a contender as soon as 2016 if proper management was in place.
   12. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:17 AM (#4762334)
"C'mon guys. Do you really want me making any more moves with this team?"
   13. Jeltzandini Posted: August 01, 2014 at 07:45 AM (#4762343)
With another year of seasoning, this young talent core could really go places!

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