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What I would do and how I would fix the Phillies this off-season if I were GM

October 8th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The Phillies got off to a sub-par 12-15 start this past year in April and never looked back…….to playing well that is. Part of their lack of success can be blamed on current Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr., part of it you can blame on the players and part on injuries sustained or that were nagging early on for the team. Regardless of who you blame, and how much, many fans lashed out continuously at Amaro (this year especially, but in year’s past as well) over his moves, and mishandling of the roster.

Here’s the lineup of moves I would make if I were the team’s GM, in no particular order. I’ll first break down what went wrong last year, before I continue into what I’d do for next year.

01. Trade Jimmy Rollins and make Cesar Hernandez the starting shortstop
02. Pursue Masahiro Tanaka, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, among others
03. Sign Brian McCann or re-sign Carlos Ruiz to a 2-year deal
04. Promote starting pitcher Jesse Biddle
05. Promote 3rd baseman Maikel Franco from AA Reading and platoon him with Cody Asche for the start at 3rd
06. Sign one of these free-agent outfielders: Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran or Nelson Cruz

Amaro aside, before I delve into what I’d do as GM, let’s break down the roster, the statistics, and analyze why the team did so poorly this year: 73-89 to be exact, before we go any further.

Injuries First off, the team had an enormous amount of injuries this year: some that were continuous from the past couple of years (like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard) and some that occurred in the midst of this past season. Below is a list of all the Phillies’ injuries this year, the injury itself and the players that missed time because of it, their games played out of the 162 game season are in parenthesis next to it.

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