The Philadelphia Phillies continue to spiral out of control with their 11-0 loss to the Washington Nationals last night. Two franchises headed in the complete opposite direction. While the Nationals are in 1st place in the NL East, continuing to pad their lead in the division, and looking forward to the postseason, the Phillies on the other hand are destined for last place in the NL East and next season may not be a whole lot better.
Not only does this 11-0 loss, where starter A.J. Burnett was ejected in the second inning after another poor start, personify the Phillies’ season this year, but so did their actions during the MLB trade deadline last Thursday. Or should I say lack of any action whatsoever.
The Phillies were said to be huge sellers at the trade deadline yet they made absolutely no moves. With former All-Stars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Cliff Lee all past their primes and owed alot of money, anything the Phillies could have gotten for them would have been better than not trading them at all.
Now none of those players are having good seasons, so I can maybe understand if they could not get rid of two of them, but all four? And what about Marlon Byrd? Byrd is one of the only Phillies having a great season and was rumored to be one of the biggest trade pieces the Phillies had this season, yet they did not trade him either.
The Phillies not even trading Byrd at the deadline tells me that their GM, Rubén Amaro, Jr, wanted way too much in return for his players, that contending teams just could not afford to give up.
Oh and by the way, almost as soon as Amaro decided not to trade Lee, he injured his elbow in a start the night of the trade deadline and had to leave the game. Foreshadowing for the future perhaps?
The short term is definitely not looking up for the Phillies but the long term may not be much better either.