June 5, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies scouting Cubs Matt Garza for potential trade


Jun 27, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone and their mother knows that the Phillies need to be trading veterans away to re-tool a depleted minor league system. Apparently Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn’t gotten that memo.

I understand that by scouting Garza the Phillies are just doing their due diligence in the case that they get hot and are buyers at the deadline. But even if that happens, are the Phillies really in a position to mortgage more of the future for a rental player? The answer to that would be a resounding no. If the Phillies are able to stay in the race, Ruben Amaro is going to have to stand pat.

Where should the Phillies scouts really be? Scouting the prospects of teams interested in potentially trading for Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, Chase Utley, and anyone else on the roster that teams could potentially be interested in.

It just comes off that the Phillies think by trading prospects for established veterans they are pushing themselves closer to another parade when instead they are doing the exact opposite. By not conceding to some sort of re-build, the Phillies are delaying any chances at another parade in the near future.

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