If you want a blueprint on how to ruin a Major League organization, look no further than the Philadelphia Phillies with Ruben Amaro, Jr. running the team; or should we say, running the team into the ground.
What was once considered a lock for the World Series several years ago, has become a joke of a team with no direction nor any hope of winning for the next several years and Amaro has yet to realize this by not selling off the ridiculously high-priced contracts he possesses. Even worse, he has great trade pieces that he won't even let go of and it's costing him.
This past week, he had a chance to trade Marlon Byrd with teams interested like the New York Yankees who need offense and power in their lineup and likely would have wanted Byrd, except that as Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported, the Phillies asking price was ridiculous, really ridiculous.
"Amaro said he was “surprised teams weren’t more aggressive” for the 37-year-old Byrd. But when the Yankees approached him on Byrd, all he asked for in return was their top hitting prospect, Aaron Judge. Duh? How ’bout Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?"
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