In the past few years, the Phillies have been incredibly aggressive and competitive when it comes to attracting big-name players. In order to do so, however, they had to make some pretty big trades in which they parted with some of their best and most highly touted prospects.
It is for that reason that Domonic Brown is even more important to the Phillies organization.
In the Halladay trade, Brown was the one Phils prospect that was considered untouchable. Now, he is on his last option with the team and considered possible trade bait. He hasn't experienced the meteoric rise to the majors that many expected, and he still has a long way to go if he ever hopes to be a great major league player.
That said, Brown is already 24 and is running out of time to prove to teams everywhere that he can be a major league baseball player. He has come into spring training with a new swing, a new attitude and a determination to win a job on the Phillies roster, which according to Ruben Amaro would only happen if he had an outstanding spring training.
If he doesn't make the team out of spring training then the Phillies will have some decisions to make regarding the young outfielder.
Brown's maturation and growing process needs to come to an end now if the Phillies ever hope to get a quality player out of him.