No trades for #Phillies.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
The fact that the excitement level for Thursday’s MLB trade deadline from a Phillies point of view peaked as a result of a bogus scoop from a fake Twitter account seems to be status quo for the 2014 season. There was very little by the way of rumors regarding the Phillies and their handful of potential trade targets. The 4:00 PM deadline came and went and the roster of the last place team in the NL East looked the same as it did a day after it’s 61st loss of the season.
This does not mean that the team won’t be able to move some of its pieces prior to the August 31st roster freeze date. Many have speculated that the Phillies are in a better position to garner value by putting their bigger contracts through waivers and seeing if they can find a suitor in that fashion. That being said, the ‘rock bottom’ that appears destined for the organization in the near future is once again excruciatingly delayed.
The lone momentary excitement of the day came courtesy of a fake Joel Sherman account that broke news of a Marlon Byrd to the Yankees deal early in the afternoon. ESPN’s Jim Bowden actually Tweeted out the acquisition and was forced to retract the misinformation and face the wrath of the Twitterverse.
Aside from that, it was almost stunning how little conversation there was involving the Phillies considering some of the other blockbusters that happened over the course of the day. From the looks of it, MLB has no intentions of doing the Phillies any favors. They are being forced to live with the awful contracts they handed out like it was nothing and face an arduous road back to fielding a contender.
Expect the team to remain active over the next month. At this point, however, one has to start wondering if David Montgomery will finally come to his senses and cut ties with Ruben Amaro Jr. Otherwise, the narrative has to start shifting towards him as a blameworthy target for keeping the anemic GM on board as long as he has.
Update 4:38 PM EST: As it turns out, these past three years have just been a fluke. The Phillies will be back ‘competing’ next year.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon says GM Ruben Amaro told him a few days ago that the Phillies will continue to compete next few years
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) July 31, 2014