Many are left questioning whether the Phillies’ window to win with their core is closed. The question is a valid one. They boast a starting infield, when healthy, with no one younger than 33 years old: Ryan Howard – 33, Chase Utley – 34, Jimmy Rollins – 34, Michael Young – 36, and Carlos Ruiz – 34.
As the Phillies approach July, the trade rumors are going to continue to swirl about whether they will trade some of their expensive, big-name players like Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon to get younger and prospects to restock their farm system.
A move (or moves) like that will certainly set the franchise back from its return to the playoffs but will it pay off down the road? No one can be sure. But, what we can be sure of is that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. does not have any intentions of a major sell-off of talent. CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury caught up with Amaro.
“People think we’re going to blow up this team. We’re never going to be in the position of blowing up. There’s no blowing up. There might come a time when we make changes to improve for the future, but we don’t have a reason to blow it up. Boston didn’t blow it up last year. They retooled. That’s the challenge we have whether it’s July 31 or November 1.”
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