I'd rather have Brown. There are some guys I'd consider for Brown but Bautista is not one of them. Plus if you add in more with Brown, that's even more young guys gone in Amaro's desperate attempt to cling to this generation. No.
He shouldn't even be shopping at this point, he should be committed to transitioning into the next core. The time to shop will come in a few years..well it should, but with him the suck will be prolonged.
I really hope Lee doesn't fall off a cliff (pun not intended) this year because we'll be stuck in a bad place.
The Phillies are willing to listen on Domonic Brown, but a rumored Brown-for-Jose Bautista swap isn't happening, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro isn't eager to move young talent, tweets Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Everybody is looking for the same thing, and that's young controllable players. There is no reason for us to be moving any of them," the GM said.
Take the second quote with a grain of salt, because every GM lies in the game.
There it is. Print it out, highlight it, and hang it on your refrigerator with the 2014 schedule magnet that implores you to purchase tickets. Because here's The Thing: Amaro does not have to trust his scouts on it. In fact, he should not trust his scouts on it. He should listen to them. He should conisder what they say. But he should not trust them to make his decisions for him. Because this is not 1998 anymore, and the way that decisions need to be made in Major League Baseball no longer calls for an exclusive reliance on the expert testimony of three or four men.
I thought the article as a whole was interesting, and it underlines the issues with Amaro's "Stats are for nerds" approach to modern baseball decision making. They're ignoring valuable data and making decisions in a way that just doesn't work anymore, and it's turned them from a team with a promising future after winning a WS into an aging, overpaid, underperforming team that everyone BUT Amaro saw coming.