The Philadelphia Phillies cannot even make a columnist's job easy these days.
This assignment, picking players who will not be back on the Phillies roster in 2014, would have been a snap two weeks ago.
Then Laynce Nix, one of the obvious candidates, got zipped by the club on August 6.
Adding insult to injury, the Phillies sloughed off more dead weight by releasing Delmon Young on Wednesday, per Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
This assignment began to feel like one of those games of eight ball where a better player agrees to spot you two balls, then immediately after the break spots you the two balls you had sitting on pocket edges.
Fortunately, the Phillies are so bereft of talent and mired in mediocrity that other candidates do in fact abound.