As the non-waivers trade deadline approaches on Wednesday, the Phillies underwhelming performance has almost tied the hands of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. - he must sell. He is now left with a number of trade chips that he can unload but has two tasks to do before he does that.
1. Find a trading partner who is going to give fair market value for the players.
2. Perhaps the more important task, overcome the fact that he has never been major seller given that he took over an already successful ball club.
Fans are not the only ones who have noticed that Amaro has never been in this predicament before. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal cited a rival executive as saying that "Ruben has always been a buyer. He doesn't know how to sell."
It's true. Aside from last year, unloading the under-performing Hunter Pence and soon-to-be expensive free agent Shane Victorino, Amaro has never had to sell. He took over the team on November 1, 2008 - the day after the Phillies World Series parade. Amaro took over an already flourishing franchise.
I think it is this trade deadline and this off-season that will define Amaro's legacy as Phillies general manager. We all know that he has had a penchant for landing the big name but he was also playing with house money. The Phillies already had an extremely successful core put together by Ed Wade of all people. We will see what he does this week.
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