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Amaro vows to keep swinging on risky deals

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07:36 AM ET 01.15 | Any deals deemed risky in Philly haven't dulled the edge for GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to make them. No general manager is perfect, and there are recent moves Amaro would probably take back, but what he and the organization are experiencing is in some ways the natural order of things in baseball. Teams that enjoy sustained success, as the Phillies did during their run of five straight division championships, usually tether themselves financially to the players who provided that success. ... "There are only so many chances to be a champion, and I will never stop believing that if you have a chance, you take the opportunity," Amaro said. "If you don't take a chance on Adam Eaton, then maybe you don't take a chance on Jayson Werth. You have to take your swings."

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January 15, 2014  07:54 AM ET

....how this clown stays in a job is a mystery....phillies r right up there with the angels on wasting money....

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January 15, 2014  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

....how this clown stays in a job is a mystery....phillies r right up there with the angels on wasting money....

You know that you're stepping out of character?

January 15, 2014  11:24 AM ET

the phillies new manager will be in a deep hole unless he wins the division or he may ended been demoted to the minors as a manager!!!!

January 15, 2014  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

....how this clown stays in a job is a mystery....phillies r right up there with the angels on wasting money....

If anyone would know stupid it'd be you............

January 15, 2014  02:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

....how this clown stays in a job is a mystery....phillies r right up there with the angels on wasting money....

I was going to disagree with you then I ran down the list. Starting pitching is the only thing he does right. Relief pitching and position players have been bad. Keeping and cutting loose the wrong people.

January 15, 2014  03:43 PM ET

Good work Ruben, you took a team built off of Ed Wade and Pat Gillick and over your brief tenure you have managed to handcuff us to older players, depleted our farm system and left the organization very little room to improve itself. The moto after the 2011 season was to get younger. With the exception of ben revere where has this team gotten younger? I think they average age went up!

While intentions of your moves were good...lets be frank...they SUCKED

January 16, 2014  01:44 AM ET

the Phillies have committed to Utley who is sure to retire a phillie plus they seem to be committed to keep Rollins at SS, at last for this year. He is not getting any younger. The longer the Phillies keep Rollins, the less they will get for him. These guys will not help Phillies get back to post season. 5 years ago these guys were in their prime. Now they are in the twilight of their careers.

January 16, 2014  09:49 AM ET

and with that news 29 other teams in MLB rejoiced!

 
January 18, 2014  11:54 PM ET

If Philly wanted a lot of cash to go after one of those young FA pitchers, they could phone the Jays and offer Hamel.
If they would have any interest in LT RP Bret Cecil(All STar) they could offer 2b Cesar Hernandez. Now that Utley is sighned and Rollins is comming back, they would be better off with a minot league 2b that is not so close to the Majors.

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