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Philly may be selling this time around

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08:13 AM ET 04.20 | In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Phillies chose present over future. But at some point in the next month or 2, Ruben Amaro Jr. and his legion of talent evaluators are going to have consider some tough decisions. At some point, the present dividend offered by veterans no longer offsets the benefit of the knowledge that every organization needs about the younger players it has in the fold. Whenever that point arrives, the Phillies will need to look at their lineup and its body of work and ask themselves, "Is this unit capable of winning a title?" And they will need to consider the answer to that question as they consider the following: Domonic Brown or Juan Pierre? John Mayberry Jr. or Ty Wigginton? Freddy Galvis or Placido Polanco?

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April 20, 2012  08:34 AM ET

......the cards victory last year over the greatest pitching staff ever, should have prompted mgt to turn the ship around that offseason.....dont know what the excuse....now they are an extra year from rebuilding a nucleus....hopefully for phillies some of the old pitchers dont get hurt and become worthless trade bait.....nats and marlins this year...

April 20, 2012  08:47 AM ET

I'll take dome Domonic Brown for my Braves, Please!

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April 20, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Wonder if Halladay and Lee would like to reconsider signing in Philly now???

April 20, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Wonder if Halladay and Lee would like to reconsider signing in Philly now???

Why not? Lee went to the WS with the Phils, and his family loves the area. Halladay has a no-hitter in the playoffs, a perfect game in the regular season, and a Cy Young award. Not winning the WS sucks, but only 1 team wins it per year. I'm pretty sure the Cards and Giants weren't in the running for either of them. How many games into this season are we?

April 20, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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.....nats and marlins this year...

Don't get ahead of yourself son. This is only April...

April 20, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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I'll take dome Domonic Brown for my Braves, Please!

Looks like the Braves may be sellers as well.

April 20, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Wonder if Halladay and Lee would like to reconsider signing in Philly now???

At least the Philly fans didn't pour been on his wife's head.

April 20, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Wonder if Halladay and Lee would like to reconsider signing in Philly now???

Nope, they love it hear. Especially knowing that every year they'll have a legitimate chance at at least one championship.

April 20, 2012  09:37 AM ET

I am pretty sure that Phillies have already decided on the Galvis and Mayberry. And that is part of the problem.

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April 20, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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At least the Philly fans didn't pour been on his wife's head.

No, they just cheer when an opposing player gets injured, boo Santa Clause...great fans in Philly (hits sarcasm button).

April 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Mick, all they have to do is build up their farm system and follow the Yankees and Red Sox blueprint of buying quality free agents................I'm absolutely amazed that there is all this worry (note: by NON-Phillies fans) over a team that's right around .500 with it's two biggest bats out of the lineup.....................I mean the Sawx and the Yankees are HEALTHY and they've got comparable records and for what it's worth ESPN still has the Phillies with a HIGHER playoff probability than either of those teams...................

And ESPN also picked the Sox and Phillies last year...so much for ESPN...

April 20, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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I am pretty sure that Phillies have already decided on the Galvis and Mayberry. And that is part of the problem.

They should play both, I think Mayberry has already shown he is ready and Galvis looks like a good player as well.

April 20, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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Mick, all they have to do is build up their farm system and follow the Yankees and Red Sox blueprint of buying quality free agents................I'm absolutely amazed that there is all this worry (note: by NON-Phillies fans) over a team that's right around .500 with it's two biggest bats out of the lineup.....................I mean the Sawx and the Yankees are HEALTHY and they've got comparable records and for what it's worth ESPN still has the Phillies with a HIGHER playoff probability than either of those teams...................

I'm a diehard Yanks fan and they are relatively healthy but the Red Sox are far from it, no need for anyone to panic but just a quick fact check on you comment.

April 20, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Mick, all they have to do is build up their farm system and follow the Yankees and Red Sox blueprint of buying quality free agents................I'm absolutely amazed that there is all this worry (note: by NON-Phillies fans) over a team that's right around .500 with it's two biggest bats out of the lineup.....................I mean the Sawx and the Yankees are HEALTHY and they've got comparable records and for what it's worth ESPN still has the Phillies with a HIGHER playoff probability than either of those teams...................

Yeah, the playoffs are a crapshoot, but making it to the playoiffs every year is still priceless.

April 20, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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And ESPN also picked the Sox and Phillies last year...so much for ESPN...

That goes without saying.

April 20, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Yankees bashers.........heres one thing for sure..you can't discount the Yanks history..although you always try. Bottom line though is......no one listens. Buying rings don't count, winning rings simply does. You know a ring is in the Yanks immediate future.

 
April 20, 2012  10:47 AM ET

To the Yankees fan stating that the Phillies are trying to buy a title. Did you know that Howard,Utley,Rollins,Ruiz,Hamels,Worley and Victorino came up thru their farm system. They traded for Halladay and Pence. The real free agents are Lee ( They offered less then the Yankees), Papelbon and Polanco. You might want to get your facts straight before you type a response.

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