PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies’ rebuilding effort will be underway, but it is far from above. There are still trades to be discovered involving a number of veteran participants, including Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd.
The Phillies have already relocated Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo as management tries to inject youth and athleticism in the organization. More deals might be soon to come.
‘We’re working on wanting to do more things, I believe that’s pretty clear,In Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained Friday at Citizens Bank Park. ‘Again, the goal is to make an effort to get younger and more athletic and try to build that brand new core that’s necessary to get long-term success. We’ve had a great deal of dialogue still with a couple of different clubs.’
So who is next up to be traded?
Hamels has been connected to a number of teams and for good purpose. He’s a left-handed ace in their prime. Hamels has been clear in their desire to play for a competitor, but Amaro said the two are yet to discussed trade possibilities forever of the offseason.
‘He understands our route,’ Amaro said. ‘Everyone wants to engage in for a winning team. I have to build a winning team. All over again, he sits right in the lovely spot. We can keep him or her and it would be great for you, and if we feel he can go us forward by relocating him, that’s something we can easily explore as well. As I said, and we don’t have any rush to move him or her or mandate to move your pet. We’re not doing our organization just about any justice if we don’t investigate every opportunity to get better.’
Papelbon has been outspoken this year about participating in for a winner. Amaro said they have not spoken to his more detailed about moving him either.
Byrd is another trade candidate who could be an attractive piece intended for teams looking for a right-handed bat with a bit of pop in the outfield.
‘There’s interest in our guys,’ Amaro said. ‘Obviously different degrees of interest. But the fellas performed last year, so there’s interest.’
For now, it appears that Pursue Utley is not going anywhere. Your second baseman could veto any trade, along with he’s told the Phillies he wants to stay with the membership.
‘The only discussions I’ve acquired with Chase and his realtor about any of that is that Chase wants to be in Philly,’ Amaro said. ‘I don’t automatically see that changing. Is it possible this changes? Maybe. But, again, regardless of that, we have to end up being listeners and think about ways to improve our club long-term.’
In just about any event, Amaro remains confident they can make the necessary moves to help expand the rebuilding effort as the offseason progresses.
‘But you have to be realistic, as well,’ he said. ‘The task we have now at hand is not an easy 1. We have to be realistic with what we can easily do. But I still think there are some things that we feel we’ve got the ability to do. We’ll view what happens.’