Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): The "Ruf"fled Offseason Thread
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11-30-2012, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by
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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.
The one reason I'm ok with a couple down years is that I think this ownership wants to be the Red Sox/Yankees. They want to be in the conversation almost every year, and I think with the TV deal in 2015 they'll be able to do that. So I believe the Phils will be good for a long time. Probably not every year, but I don't think we're gonna go back to 90+ losses anytime soon.
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