The Philadelphia Phillies have gone from perennial cellar-dweller to the year in and year out odds-on favorite to win the World Series under Ruben Amaro's watch.
Amaro took over as GM of the Philies after serving as Assistant GM to Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick, who also happened to bring a World Championship to the City of Brotherly Love.
It is incredible to look back at this point and realize that Amaro has been able to bring in the top player(s) available each year. The man clearly values pitching above all else, but this past year at the trade deadline he showed that he is willing to make a big move for a bat.
There's a famous saying, "Hater's gonna hate," and that clearly applies to Ruben Amaro. He has built a team that is loaded with aces and is solid from the back end of the bullpen.
That rotation will continue to make them extremely difficult to beat in a playoff series, whether they've come up short in the playoffs or not.
Vegas is in the business of making money and they seem to agree that it's smart money to make the Phillies the favorite again in 2012.
If you are still questioning whether or not Ruben Amaro is a force in the MLB, then look no further than the boss to the devil himself. 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.
Take a look at this ranking of Ruben Amaro's six best trades as GM of the Phillies.
Some of them are in the remember-where-you-were-and-exactly-what-you-were-doing-when-that-trade-happened variety.