ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has a nice recap of the Philadelphia Phillies odd offseason. The moves they didn't make, like trading Jonathan Papelbon or Dom Brown. The moves they did make, like Marlon Byrd, Chooch, Roberto Hernandez, and Bobby Abreu. It points out their obvious aging issues and also notes the organization being prisoners to their own sentiment.
All stuff Phillies fans are quite familiar with by this point. But one of the parts of Crasnick's article I found interesting was the take on the Phillies being "Sabermetrically impaired." It included these quotes from Amaro:
"We're trying to move that piece of our organization forward a little bit," Amaro said. "It's an area that hasn't necessarily been abandoned, but it hasn't been developed as much as some other organizations. I think we're somewhere in the middle.
"The important thing is to understand what's really important and what's minutiae. What data can we use to change some things for the better?"
Okay, so that last part isn't so bad. It's actually what they should be doing. Or, perhaps more accurately, should have been doing for years now.
Better late than never?
>>Odd offseason for the aging Phillies [ESPN]