By Art Beitchman, DOCBLOG

As the MLB trading deadline passed yesterday with the Phillies doing nothing, it became painfully obvious that Ruben Amaro Jr. has as much of a plan to rebuild this disastrous team as he did constructing it.

He still has no idea what to do. If he did Jonathan Papelebon would have been long gone for a bat they desperately need.

So what did we get from the massively incompetent Phils’ general manager?

He blamed the league’s other GMs!

According to the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, Amaro claimed that the contending GMs who on this day swung deals for David Price, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Asdrubal Cabrera and others, weren’t aggressive enough.

The San Diego Padres have been selling for weeks, and they actually have a better record than the Phils. The Cleveland Indians were selling. The Tampa Bay Rays were (sort of) selling. And they’re both within sniffing distance of the playoffs. That goes to show there was value to be had and opportunistic teams weren’t going to stand there and do nothing.

It was value, apparently, the Phillies either weren’t interested in or, if you listen to Amaro, weren’t being offered. Because the Phillies did nothing on trade deadline day.

No trades involving Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon or even Marlon Byrd. All of those players, all considered trade bait the past few weeks, are in Phillies uniforms today.

The Phillies haven’t passed the eye test as a viable MLB club for three seasons, and everyone from Manahawkin to Cape May sees it. But Amaro Jr. obviously doesn’t.

Also there was no word on Ryan Howards status sowe can expect to see the former NL MVP continue to hit ground balls to the right side, since he rarely hits it any place else.

The silence speaks volumes to me — Amaro still values these overpriced players more than any real GM does.

What’s worse, if that’s possible, is that the same bad talent evaluators, the woeful GM and his scouts, who got the Phillies into this terrible stretch are going to make the calls on player movement going forward. I shudder to think how much more damage this gaggle of fools can cause.

The Phillies should take a page from the Eagles and 76ers —clean house, start over with a fresh approach from the outside. I can’t see any other way for this baseball team to get better unless it’s scrubbed clean.

Phillies fans deserve better than this current regime.


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