I understand the thought process of selling a player at his peak. However, I just can’t behind the thought of trading a 26-year-old outfielder with four more years of control. Domonic Brown is one of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ few centerpieces, yet reports have surfaced that Philadelphia is actively shopping the All-Star in exchange for quality starting pitching.
Phillies general manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. has one of the best nicknames in MLB — Ruin Tomorrow, Jr. In recent years, this general manager has surely earned such a hilarious name. Amaro Jr. has decided not to “blow up” the Phillies’ aging roster by re-signing the likes of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz to multi-year deals. So if Amaro Jr. winds up dealing Brown — who had more home runs than Utley and Ruiz combined in 2013 — then he deserves to be fired right on the spot.
Showing improvements in nearly every category, Brown is one of the most intriguing outfielders in the game. By trading Brown to a competitor like the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phillies would only wind up falling further down the NL East standings. While this could be a case of Philadelphia simply blowing smoke, I would be thoroughly surprised if Brown is one the Phillies’ roster come opening day 2014. Amaro, Jr seems to be stuck in a time machine and he won’t stop dealing until the Phillies’ 2008 World Series team is back on the field in full.