By Brandon Bell @BDB92 on August 25, 2014
The 2014 season has been troubling for Philadelphia Phillies fans. On track to finish last in the NL East, the Phillies needed many things to go their way in order to be competitive. Here are some of the reasons why the Phillies have had an unsuccessful 2014 season.
Ruben Amaro Jr. had multiple opportunities to trade players prior to the trade deadline. However, Amaro decided to be inactive and keep all of the players. Although trading the biggest assets on the Phillies wouldn't suggest for a better team, it would give a clear plan for the future of the Phillies.
After the 2013 season, Domonic Brown was expected to repeat his excellent season this year. He has been mediocre at best. With numbers comparable to Ryan Howard, fans have had enough of Brown. The Phillies could have traded him years ago, but decided to see how his prospect status would pan out. If only they could trade him now.
In the offseason, Philadelphia gave A.J. Burnett a one-year deal worth $15 million with an option for next season. Burnett had a phenomenal year with the Pirates last season, but the Phillies clearly overpaid for his services. They could have spent that money towards multiple pitchers rather than for an aging A.J. Burnett.
Ryan Howard has played nearly the entire season and should be benched, or possibly released by the Phillies. Howard is taking away playing time for a much younger Darin Ruf. Making $25 million a year for more seasons to come, Howard has been on a rapid decline, and it is time for Philadelphia to put bad contracts behind it and start the possible future of the team.
To see Cliff Lee going down for the season has delayed the possibility of a trade until next season. Along with Cole Hamels, Lee was expected to provide the Phillies with a decent one-two punch at the top of the rotation. What makes it worse was that Amaro could have traded Lee, and the night of the deadline, Lee got injured. Maybe next season will pan out better for the Phillies because this season is over.
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