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That cuts it: the Phillies are probably looking to trade for a second baseman

Mar 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

No, this isn’t based on any insight or news or tips or even any gossip.  It’s based on this:

Before that, I would have said that Ruben Amaro was probably inclined to wait out Chase Utley‘s injury, play Freddy Galvis at second base, get through the early, easy part of their schedule — 30 of their first 39 games come against sub-.500 teams — and remember that the team still won 102 games last season without Utley in the lineup for a large stretch of it.

But now?  Man, if I’ve learned anything about how general managers operate these past few years, it’s that they only talk about how they’re comfortable with a guy taking over for an All-Star is when they’re trying to make it seem slightly less obvious to the other GMs that they’re really wanting to trade.

I know your game, Amaro. Your ninja tricks won’t work on me!

  1. 18thstreet - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The Phillies is dead.

  2. paperlions - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Skip Schumaker might be available, he’s versatile.

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    New season, new onslaught of multiple needless Phillies articles with smug attitude.

  4. sgtr0c - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Plus they cut a couple of vet pitchers over the weekend, cap space, to avoid a bit of lux tax. It looks like they are setting up for something.

  5. Alex K - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Also in Phillies news: Roy Halladay went 6 IP, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, and striking out 5. Methinks people made a little too much out of his last start. Are we going to see an onslaught of articles about him being ready to go now?

    • scatterbrian - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Anyone using one Roy Halladay start in ST to evaluate him going forward needs to have their head examined…..or their credentials revoked.

      • Alex K - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        I agree. This start doesn’t tell us anything more than the bad ones. I was really just commenting on how there were a couple “What’s wrong with Roy Halladay” article/posts written after his last start.

    • spudchukar - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      It was against the woeful Orioles. Encouraging compared to the past couple of outings, but hardly exemplary. Plus the Feelies are in denial. They ignored their inept offense in the off-season, adding only bench strength, as if that is why the Cards sent them packing. Now with injuries to Polanco, Utley, and Howard they are facing an offense that rivals Houston’s.

      If they intend on contending, an offensive upgrade is imperative. Trying to get by with pitching will not work, particularly with the rapidly improving Marlins and Nationals.

  6. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Phillies will win the East. Look at those other teams.

    • ptfu - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      After looking at those other teams, what do I see? Marlins got a lot better. Braves are still good. Nats look good. Other than the Mets, there are no easy division games. And the Phillies are dropping like flies.

      With 3 other good teams, the odds are decent that one will overachieve. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Phillies get beat, either due to their own fragility or the new strength of the division.

  7. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    The best news for the Phillies so far this off-season is the implementation of the second wild card team. Most likely named Philadelphia. But it is a one-game affair, and with Halliday on the mound how could they lose, unless it would be a 1-0 loss for all the marbles…Oh Wait…

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