First, a quick review of Ruben Amaro, Jr.’s hit list:
*Winter ‘08-’09: Signed free agent OF Raul Ibanez
*Summer ‘09: Traded for LHP Cliff Lee
*Winter ‘09-’10: Traded for RHP Roy Halladay and traded away LHP Cliff Lee
*Summer ‘10: Traded for RHP Roy Oswalt
*Winter ‘10-’11: Signed free agent LHP Cliff Lee
Notice a pattern?
Amaro has struck at least one major deal in every acquisition period since he took over as Phillies GM in the winter of 2008. By way of savvy and surprise, Amaro has quickly asserted himself as one of the most active GMs in the game.
Amaro’s track record suggests that the Phillies will make a significant move before the July 31st trading deadline.
But when? And for whom? And at what cost?
With speculation running rampant, I’ve identified five of the most misguided trade rumors and notions based on the Phillies’ needs and Amaro’s mercurial past.