After the dreaded 2013 season the Phillies are having, they have slipped further down.
ESPN's Buster Olney, Jim Bowden, and Keith Law all combined to rate these teams and the Phillies fell from 37.6 to 35.0 and dropped from 24th to 25 out of 30 MLB teams. Only the Angels, Rockies, Marlins, White Sox, and Brewers were lower than the Phillies.
Olney cites that it was understandable that the Phillies did not rebuild just yet and tried to make one final push with the aging core but that push has come up short. Jim Bowden writes that it is time for Ruben Amaro Jr. to decide whether he wants to spend money to try and retool or fully commit to rebuilding, which includes trading Cliff Lee.
I'd like to sit here and argue that these ESPN guys could not be more wrong but a lot of what they have to say is correct. I will argue that the minor league system is a little better than Law gives credit. I mean, c'mon, the guy ripped apart Maikel Franco who went on to prove pretty much everything he said wrong this season.
But, overall, they are right that the Phillies have a ways to go before they are considered contenders again.
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