How to Successfully Rebuild the Philadelphia Phillies by 2014

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How to Successfully Rebuild the Philadelphia Phillies by 2014
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It won't be easy, but they can be rebuilt. They have the technology. They have the capability to make the Philadelphia Phillies the world's first bionic baseball team.

Okay, maybe not. But with all of the injuries over the last couple of years, I'm sure the Phillies front office has dreamed about giving Chase Utley bionic knees, or Ryan Howard a bionic Achilles tendon.

Those are the kind of things teams think about as they're getting older. You don't have to be a genius to realize that this isn't the same team that won the World Series in 2008. Sure, some of the names are the same. In fact, I'd say the roster looks better.

But when you challenge Father Time, you lose. It's just a battle that can't be won. The Phillies are slowly but surely crossing the threshold from "experienced veterans" to "one last shot," and fast.

If this club wants another shot at the World Series with a majority of its core intact, sacrifices are going to have to be made. Some of those "experienced veterans" are going to have to be traded for younger players with that intense fire to win their first title. It's just the circle of life in baseball.

The Phillies could be better than they were before. Better. Faster. Stronger.

But it is going to take a lot more than one "$6 million man" to fix the Phillies. Of that much, I am certain.

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