Ruben Amaro Jr. angered the Phillies fanbase when he failed to retool at the non-waiver trade deadline last week. That doesn't mean a deal won't get made in the next few weeks but the anger was certainly real.
Now, with a couple more weeks before the September 1st waiver deadline, Amaro is keeping busy working the phones to attempt to help build a better ball club in 2015.
He has also continued to make the media rounds to discuss his inaction and attempt to rationalize it to the anxious fans.
Amaro was a guest on the WIP Morning Show on Tuesday and openly admitted that things may get worse before they get better. This is straying a bit from his "retooling" or "reloading" line of thinking he had been preaching.
From this morning's chat with Angelo Cataldi (audio):
"I agree with you, we can't have status quo and we're working to make some changes, no question," Amaro said. "I wasn't going to make a move just to make a move."
"Our job is to try and improve the club and there was no deal out there for us to either be able to improve our club now or in the future."
He went on to say the organization may be better holding off a few weeks or perhaps even into the offseason. He also went on to say something he may never have said before.
"We may have to step backwards to step forwards. That's also part of the plan here. We may not be contenders in 2015 and 2016," Amaro said.
"It may just be a one year glitch. It may be two years."
They may have to step back? What does a step back from 2014 look like? Scary, I'm sure.
Just last night Jonathan Papelbon visited the CSN Philly studios and passed along thoughts from Ruben that seemingly contradict this morning's.
"He basically said to me that he's devoted to our fans and he's devoted to put a winning product out there -- that we're not going to be here to rebuild this organization, that we're going to reload," Papelbon said during Monday night's SportsNet Central. "For me, that was pretty much the say-all to get me to understand that, 'Hey, listen, I know that we're not winning, and hey look, we're going to turn these things around and continue to do everything we can to put a winning product out there on the field."
So which is it? Are the Phillies going to be bad for two-plus years? Or are they reloading for 2015?
Amaro can't seem to find a company line to stick to.
[h/t John Stolnis]