The Flyers are in full swing. The Sixers are laying the foundation for the future. The Eagles bounced back from cellar dweller to division champs. Lost in it all is that the Phillies are less than five short weeks from opening Spring Training in Clearwater. They haven’t done anything exciting. In fact, the only thing they’ve done that’s newsworthy this off-season was signing a possibly ill-advised extension with Comcast SportsNet and the firing of Chris Wheeler and Gary “Sarge” Matthews.
They actually managed to make the team older instead of starting a youth movement. In fact, the national media has FINALLY gotten on board the “What the hell are the Phillies trying to do” train, which we, like many of you, have been stating for years. Frustration doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions most fans have in the direction this team is going. One that has seen a well documented and steady decline over the last couple of seasons. One thing is sure in my eyes. Ruben Amaro Jr is setting this team up perfectly.
The members of the old guard (Rollins, Papelbon, Byrd, Lee, and Utley) all could be coming off the books in 2015, with Ruiz and Howard gone after 2016. The biggest highlight will be if Amaro’s contract is not extended as it runs out at the perfect time for a new GM. One that could potentially see a core of Asche, Crawford, Brown, Biddle, Franco, etc. coming into their primes. When you look at it that way, the future has never looked brighter.