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The Phillies stand pat at the deadline. Apparently Ruben Amaro is satisfied.

Jul 31, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

The Phillies are at least two years into an era in which they should be rebuilding but apparently don’t feel the need to do so: the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline has passed and they made no deals. Not a one.

This despite having numerous pieces that other teams could probably use. Maybe Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were pipe dream deals — Hamels is sticking around and should and Lee is more of a waiver deal guy — but Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo and A.J. Burnett were all marketable. No, they may not have gotten a huge return, but they are not part of the future so moving them, even in minor deals, would’ve made sense. Ruben Amaro didn’t think so.

OK, he thought so. He just didn’t like the offers he was getting:

Well, OK. But if the rest of baseball doesn’t value what you have the way you do, maybe you’re the one overstating the value of what you have? Wouldn’t be the first time Amaro has done this.

Anyway, like they say: if it ain’t broke, oh, wait. Never mind.

  1. kuzosake - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    As a Mets fan, I am excited. This is karma in so many ways.

    • xmatt0926x - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Why is it Karma? Because the Phillies had a run of success that Mets fans can only dream of? As a Phillies fan disgruntled with an awful GM who lives in the 80’s, I’m all for the Amaro insults. But give me a break with your Karma nonsense. Your ownership group stinks. That’s not the Phillies fault.

      • xmatt0926x - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        And by the way, people on this blog have enjoyed the Phillies massive failure in the last couple years. We have an awful GM as everyone knows and he has made awful decisions that have buried this team. Yet…..the Mets haven’t actually been much better. it’s just not talked about because the Mets have been irrelevant forever.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Bring on the Hate. It means your team has been successful. In contrast the Mets… well nobody talks about the Mets.

    • mox19380 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      could you explain one of the many ways this is karma or against whom karma is biting in the butt?
      -the Phillies fans? for suffering through the franchise with the most losses and only 2 worlds series wins despite being one of the oldest franchises in the game? for enjoying a worlds series 6 years ago and a few great years after?
      -the Phillies organization?
      -ruben amaro? for what, uh trading away minor league talent for high priced big name free agents and depleting the system?
      -the Phillies players for uh, playing baseball?

      either you don’t know what karma is or you are just the typical anti-phillie fan bent on making illogical smack talk

  2. gomybirdsgo - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    The red sox got an all star outfielder who even though he wasn’t playing his best ball is still an outstanding player for a half season rental. Rube sucks ….

  3. stupidusername - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    No need for outrage just yet. This is absolutely not saying I have confidence Amaro will make moves later. But they don’t have anyone that will be a free agent. Amaro probably thinks there’s no need to rush and get no return now when he can try it again in the winter with more teams in the mix. He thinks he’ll get better value then. They’re going to get a top 5 pick no matter who’s on the team the rest of the season so it’s not like they need to tank.

    And from what I heard today Amaro probably will be back for 2015. Had he not been all but assured a job in 2015 he probably would have made some moves and collected prospects and dumped salary to prove to be a capable GM, trying to keep his job. If in January you’re looking at the same roster then it will truly be outrageous.

  4. gmfw7 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    i’ve been saying the same thing since the day it became apparent the season was completely lost…”i’m excited to see them blow it up, but he isn’t the right guy to do it”, and boy did he prove that today. i can not believe how bad this man is at his job, nor that he still has a job. this is painful to watch. and now lee is back on the DL so any waiver trade is dead too. never been so excited for eagles training camp in my life

  5. mox19380 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    the only reason I can be happy about this is that ruben didn’t have a chance to trade away talent for middling prospects who’ll either not sniff the majors or contribute little to nothing to the big league club.

    Ruben was going to set the club back one way or another. Although no matter the prospects we got back we needed to dump salary

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