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Phils management sits by sidelines as deadline clock ticks

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Smiles again in the Phillies dugout yesterday

Of all teams to make a deadline move yesterday, it was a team that really isn’t in contention for anything that made one, the New York Mets. The Mets went out and got a pitcher giving up 2 Top 10 pitching prospects for pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays. Maybe someone should tell Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen that he’s only supposed to make a move like this if his team is going somewhere, but so far, that’s a good move as the Phillies management is scratching their heads on what to do at the trade deadline.

What will the Phillies management do? We saw the team salvage one game against the Braves on Sunday afternoon, with the team finally able to corral the Braves and end up so far with a 6-6 record on the season against the Atlanta Braves.

So far we’ve had no clues on what Phils management is looking for, or what they think the Phillies need. After not hearing much from the Phillies team president in a while, Andy MacPhail did give an interview a few days ago but really it didn’t sound like he knew what was happening with this team. In fact, it was revealed that the Phillies organization secretly extended the deals of Klentak and MacPhail without making the news public.

Here’s a replay of the interview:

MacPhail said the Phillies aren’t close to being in the World Series, so the top search for a great piece to add to this team probably won’t be coming. Talk about a pep talk, the last time I checked this season isn’t over, that’s about the dumbest comment I’ve heard ever from a Phillies team president. It’s almost like he is justifying all of the things that didn’t make the Phils a winning ballclub under his leadership, and he says that his goal was just to make the playoffs after his 4th year, and ‘if we don’t, we don’t” – that doesn’t sound like someone that the Phillies should have exteneded. There was a reason why MacPhail quit the baseball world a few years ago, now he’s just collecting a paycheck for him and his former Orioles employee Matt Klentak.

The fact that the Phillies organization secretly extended both MacPhail and Klentak shows you a little something about this organization, it has changed. It’s not the way it used to be, this should have been known about when it happened back in March but it was just discovered a week ago by the media. It’s sneaky and it’s almost like the organization wasn’t proud of what it was doing. 

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