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Ryan Howard has only himself to blame
by Scott Butler 7/29/14
Ryan Howard would like fans to put things in perspective.
When asked about the burden of his contract and performance earlier this week, Howard told reporters, “Baseball is a game. Yeah, I get paid a lot of money to play it, but it's a game. You go out and see little kids doing it, because it's a game. You have to keep things in perspective.” He later added, “I have a beautiful wife, a son, a baby on the way.”
In other words, Howard does not feel burdened by his contract and poor performance because he has a wonderful life outside of baseball.
A couple days later, Howard changed his mind.
Ruben Amaro: the good moves
by Scott Butler 7/29/14
Ruben Amaro, Jr. said this week when speaking of Ryan Howard, "Listen, everybody's being evaluated. That's part of baseball. We're all scrutinized and evaluated."
That's exactly right, Rube. With the trading deadline just two days away, it is time for Amaro's evaluation. Over the next few days leading to Thursday's deadline, I will chronicle the good moves (yes, there are some), the bad moves, and all other notable moves in Ruben Amaro's six years as general manager, followed by an overall evaluation.
First, a few ground rules. I did the unenviable task of going through every single move Amaro made and included all moves of any real consequence. Outside of the truly minor moves with players like Scott Mathieson, everything was included. Rather than ranking the moves, they are presented in chronological order.
Let's begin with the best moves from Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Phillies attendance drop not as bad as it seems
by Scott Butler 7/23/14
Citizens Bank Park is a more attractive destination than ever before this summer. It is a shorter walk from the parking lot, gone is the worry of being sandwiched between two large, sweaty, drunk guys, and the beer lines are short. Who needs interest and intensity when you can have shorter beer trips and more leg room?
Of course, we aren't talking US Airways here, and empty seats are not considered positive for baseball organizations. Since last season, the Phils lead all of baseball with a decline of 6,800 fans per game, according to baseball-reference.com. They dropped from the 8th in attendance to 14th.
Domonic Brown perhaps Ruben Amaro's biggest mistake
by Scott Butler 7/22/14
When Ruben Amaro let Jayson Werth walk after the 2010 season, he was not too concerned about replacing his power bat in the lineup. He had Domonic Brown. Ranked as the 15th best prospect by Baseball America prior to 2010, Brown hit .327 that season with 20 home runs and 68 RBI at triple-A before a July call up with the Phillies.
The Phillies and, frankly, nearly the entire baseball world was sold on Domonic Brown. So much so that Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, and MLB.com all ranked Domonic Brown as the fourth best prospect in 2011. In three reputable draft rankings, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper ranked one and two, followed by the number 3 rated, then Domonic Brown.
We just closed the voting on the poll question, Which Phillie is most likely to be traded? Here are the results:
Could the Phillies owners be looking to sell?
by Scott Butler 7/21/14
Bill Giles gathered a silent group of investors and bought the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981 for $30 million. Thirty-three years later, the Phillies team value is $975 million according to Forbes.com. The Phillies have been a lucrative business investment which, despite the current lag in attendance and in the standings, is likely to continue paying dividends.
But is it possible the Phillies owners are ready to sell?
Phillies rumors July 13-19 by Scott Butler 7/20/14
In our regular feature on Phils Baseball, here are the rumors from the past week from the guys at MLB Trade Rumors. They have a page devoted just to Phillies rumors (this is not a paid plug, honest) and all we do is put everything from the past week in one post.
Here are the latest Phillies rumors from July 13-19:
Making the case for trading Ryan Howard
by Scott Butler 7/20/14
With a potential fire sale looming, no player on the Phillies roster is safe. But one name that rarely surfaces in trade rumors is the player the Phillies would most like to see vanish.
The Big Piece. Ryan Howard.
The prevailing wisdom is that Howard's gargantuan contract (he is still owed over $68 million) and severely declining production makes him virtually untradeable.
But there is a case for a Ryan Howard trade.
Of course, any such trade involves the Phillies eating an obscene amount of cash. Before we approach any potential suitors, let's determine Howard's actual worth.
What will Phillies look like after trading deadline?
by Scott Butler 7/12/14
The Phillies have won five straight against postseason contenders and despite a 42-51 record they are unbelievably just 8 games back in the NL East and 9.5 games behind the best team in the National League (Brewers). Unless Ruben Amaro is completely delusional, the Phillies recent success changes nothing and they should still be sellers by July 31.
As much interest as the trading deadline will create, fans also must be prepared for the remaining product after all the carnage. So let's take a look at what the Phillies roster might resemble after the trades.
Let's begin with the most likely players to go, which I will assume is Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Kyle Kendrick, AJ Burnett, and Antonio Bastardo. But before we get to that, let's examine the few notable names missing from the list.