Ruben Amaro has hinted strongly at the possibility of the Phillies trading to fulfill their needs of this offseason. In a recent interview with CSN Philly, Ruben Amaro Jr., Phillies GM, seemed to hint strongly at the possibility that the Phillies will have to trade to accomplish their goals of getting a few positions that they need to improve at before the 2013 season starts.
Hopefully, those trades won't mirror the ones from last year, when Amaro practically gave away two of the players who were producing some offense on the club, but somehow were both tabbed to go to west coast teams that seemed to be in contention in making it further into the playoffs. I don't remember the Phillies ever getting gifts like those from any major league team in the past.
The Phillies sent Cliff Lee through waivers last season, and then pulled him back. Is he the trade that is hinted about in this interview? Or will it be someone that we don't suspect to be traded. With the Toronto Blue Jays mega deal that they just purchased from the Florida Marlins, thoughts abound on whether the Phillies may entertain a deal with them now that they are stocked with higher caliber players.
Maybe no Phillies player is actually safe from being traded this year unless they have a 'no trade' clause. The team is getting older and what this team desperately needs in a youth infusion which they will have with Darin Ruf, who looks like he may be the next great Phillies long ball hitter. Ruf didn't play much near the end of the season, but look for him to play more in '13 for the Phillies if they are smart.