This one's simply a case of a GM saying all the right things but, when you put the statements side-by-side, they don't really make a whole lot of sense.
First, we have Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. talking to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb about how he prefers to build the team for 2013:
I'd rather spend money. But it's not an unlimited pool to work with. We have some flexibility. I guess I would anticipate our payroll being similar to last year. I'd rather pay for the player than trade for the player. The tricky part about that is you better pay for the right guy. When you pay for those guys, you just don't know how they'll play in Philadelphia.
That's a well thought-out statement to make, one that makes a lot of sense. Philly is much like Boston or New York, a major market with a bright spotlight, knowledgeable and passionate fans and multiple media outlets covering one team.
It takes a special kind of ballplayer to succeed in these spots, especially high-profile ones.
Which makes this tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney a bit puzzling:
Philadelphia has 10 players currently under contract for 2013 and their payroll sits at approximately $136 million for 2013 with those 10 players alone, per baseball-reference.com. Their 2012 payroll was approximately $173 million.
Amaro has concerns over whether some players can handle Philly, doesn't have unlimited financial resources and Josh Hamilton, with multiple questions and looking for $20-to-$25 million a season, is the guy he's OK with?