It has been mentioned countless times this season that expectations have never been higher in the entire 121 year history of Philadelphia professional baseball.
Behind four of the top pitchers in the game in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels and a lineup that features two former MVP's and perennial and potential all-stars.
Even with an offense that has been pretty, well offensive for the majority of the season, the Phillies still have the best record in baseball. Much of this is due to the core group of players that were groomed in the minor leagues, but some of the players that were brought in via a trade have had a direct correlation to this teams success.
Over the past five seasons, we have seen this team go from a solid, competitive team to a powerhouse that has been favored to come out of the National League the past three years by Vegas.
Scott Boras stated that the Phillies, "Have become a powerhouse."
The GM of the New York Yankees Brian Cashman told Ken Rosenthal, "I'm not Ruben Amaro," referring to the Phillies GM and his affinity for blockbuster trades.
Wow, a Yankee that is trying to make us feel sorry for him. My how the tables have turned. But it hasn't been all gravy for Ruben Amaro, as he has made his share of mistakes as well.
Here is a look at the best and worst trades by Ruben Amaro as the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.