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11-30-2012, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Snotbubbles View Post
How do you figure that? In 2014, if they use their 2012 opening day payroll they'll have a minimum of $80M to spend on payroll (and that doesn't include a possible increase in payroll because of a new TV deal). Even if they execise Halladay's option they have $60M to spend (maybe more).
Because you can't spend your way to success like that. In 2014, you're looking at replacing Utley, Rollins, and Ruiz? You've got an aged Ryan Howard, Halladay, and Lee. In fact, other than Hamels, is there any player in 2014 you feel confident about still being in their prime?

The reality is that our farm system is the biggest problem. We have no projectable offensive talent at this point. Everyone is 3-5 years away with little ability to expect quality with the lone exception being an incredibly young Biddle.

To me, you go for it this year. If you miss, you sell off everything and start a massive rapid rebuild. If we're out of it by the deadline this year, you can expect a massive selloff to reduce the length and depth of the slide, but to me, it's unmistakable that there are down years on the horizon.

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