No one knows for sure what the Phillies will do this offseason. Will they be aggressive and make big, splashy moves? Or will they play it conservative and attempt to both better the team now, but also maintain flexibility for the future? After perhaps the most frustrating season in Phillies history, it’s hard to predict.
General manager Ruben Amaro has never been shy about making deals. When he sets his sights on a player—either in free agency or the trade market—he gets him more often than not.
When the Phillies traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino at the trading deadline, they did so with the intention to free up payroll space for the 2013 team. While only upper management knows for sure how much the Phillies will budget for next season, any moves that are made need to be the right ones.
This winter, Amaro once again has the opportunity to show whether he’s a confident major league GM or if he’s, as some fans like to call him, “Clueless Rube."
With all due respect to the baseball lifer, here’s some advice: the three best and worst moves the Phillies could make this winter.