Amaro on Howard as 'platoon player,' Phils as a 'seller'

Amaro on Howard as 'platoon player,' Phils as a 'seller'

July 4, 2013, 3:00 pm
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On 94 WIP's Phillies pregame show Wednesday, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. made some interesting comments regarding Ryan Howard and whether the team would buy or sell come the July 31 trade deadline.

First, he addressed Howard, who has been missing games because of knee soreness and a .171 average against lefties. He entered Wednesday riding a 2-for-22 slump.

"If Ryan Howard is now relegated to being a platoon player, he's a very expensive platoon player and he needs to be better," Amaro said. "I think he knows it. I know he's struggling, I know he's not happy with his performance -- neither are we. I think he's going to be better, but right now, he's just not doing the job."

Amaro then focused on the importance of the Phillies' upcoming 10-game stretch, during which they welcome two division rivals, the Braves and Nationals, to Citizens Bank Park, in addition to the White Sox. According to Amaro, if the Phillies don't soon turn things around, selling could be an option.

"If we continue to play the way we play sporadically, then I'm going to have to consider being a seller," Amaro admitted. "If we think that we're going to be playing a little bit better baseball, [a] better brand of baseball, and this is going to be a very important next eight or 10 games for us because we're playing our toughest opponents in the division, we're playing the Pirates who are an outstanding club. So this will be a very good gauge for us as to where we're going to be and where we are come the All-Star break and as we get closer and closer to July 31."

The Phillies were 40-45 entering Thursday's action, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves in the NL East and nine games out of the NL wild card.

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