MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons was on Philly Sports Talk last week to discuss the Phillies and their outlook. Gammons had a number of interesting tidbits but much of the conversation revolved around the future of the club. He mentioned that the Phillies future not only hinged on the draft but the value they could get from some of their aging players. Gammons mentioned Cliff Lee but really honed in on Chase Utley.
"A general manager said to me that he thought the National League would be decided by whether the Dodgers or the Giants got Chase Utley," Gammons explained. "I realize Ruben Amaro said,'I'm not trading him.' I also realize that, 43 years, I'd say Chase Utley is in my top 15 to 18 favorite players. But there comes a point where you have to think about doing really unpleasant things to completely retool and get started again."
Gammons also explained that the division is not going to be kind to the Phillies citing Miami's young pitching and young players along with the young pitchers in the Mets, Braves and Nationals' rotations as well.
He said it simply, "you have to get young and you have to get young in a hurry."
Plus, is there a second baseman in the farm system ready to step in and perform? Not really.
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