How about a little thought and patience. Oh, I forgot we live in 2009, don't we?
Well in that case go for it. Make the deal for Roy Halladay. We need a major piece to bring a second consecutive world championship to Philadelphia.
I am of a different species then, I want the Phillies to continue with their organizational philosophy as preceded by Pat Gillick, and now the incumbent Stanford graduate Rueben Amaro.
Winning by incremental additions supported collectively by a team oriented synergistic chemistry that cannot be taught or explained by the masses.
Johann Santana acquired by the Mets, and CC Sabathia acquired by the Brewers in recent years are notable examples of a few teams going for it only to succumb to the Hyena Effect—winning with the absence of that one overpowering number.
If the 2008 Phillies was an example of this then why the temptation only to serve the whims of Toronto's front office. Drabek, happ, and Brown for Halladay. That is the proposed trade.
Isn't that what Toronto wants? Why? Halladay becomes a free agent after 2010, Toronto receives three young players with high ceilings from the Phillies, and the Phillies will lose him to the highest bidder with nothing in return to replace the losses.
What they may lose are two very talented young pitchers with promising futures and a young outfielder with five star tools.
Okay, so we win the world championship this year and next year right? This is the rub and where I disagree with that assessment.
I believe the Phillies can win the World Series again without Halladay, or any additional major piece while keeping our future in our back pocket.
That is where I and the masses differ. I am of the belief that Hamels will get his act together as the season moves along, and we have our number one back in September and beyond.
Happ is pitching as well as any lefthander in the game right now, and with Hamels, form a dominant southpaw combination through the remainder of the season into the playoffs.
Blanton is a solid innings eating 3-4 starter who contributes and balances the rotation from the right side.
Martinez becomes your fourth starter in the playoffs and with his savvy and experience, the perfect scenario then presents itself. Four starters who can get us to the sixth or seventh inning with nice balance from both the right and left side.
Again, the premise is can the Phillies win without the big hit to their future over the next five to ten years? If you believe in your people and rely on your "winning in numbers" philosophy then yes, Phillies win without selling out.
If you are of the belief that Halladay or another major piece gets you there then you risk losing your youth by mortgaging the future, and you go for it.
Whatever option you choose the end result does not change. Winning a world series championship is the quest we all seek.
It is just that I am of the belief that the Phillies can repeat without the major piece.