Deep into day two of the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings and the Philadelphia Phillies have yet to make any real noise. If that surprises anyone by now it shouldn’t. With Ruben Amaro Jr throwing the most ridiculous trade offers out each and every day, who would take him seriously? He wants to trade Domonic Brown and that’s fine and mentioned offering Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as well. What is the problem?
The problem is that he isn’t seemingly being realistic with his offers. Mentioning Lee and Hamels had to just be a publicity stunt because no one anywhere is going to give him good prospects and take all of their salary. That’s what Amaro asked for though. It’s crazy to imagine anyone, even the Seattle Mariners taking a deal like that.
For Brown, he was an all-star in 2013 but his WAR was a career high at only 2.5 and his batting average was well below .300. There is nothing wrong with offering Brown for a trade but Amaro wants all of the salary taken and two or three players for a onetime 2.5 WAR all-star who could have just had his career year. Why in the world would anyone pay that price?
If he’d had two to four seasons like that then sure, it’s a maybe. As it is, Amaro seems to be just talking to hear himself think. I hope for the Phillies fans’ sake he gets serious in trade talks to hopefully improve the weak backside of the rotation and the bullpen as well as maybe adding some offense where it’s needed. Until it gets serious however you may as well disregard Phillies updates.