Before the Phillies departed on their road trip leading up to the All-Star Break, Ruben Amaro Jr. wasn't ready to write them off for dead or admit he planned on doing anything drastic. But then they went on that road trip and won one game in the first two cities. That changed Amaro's tune.
Amaro spoke with the media last night prior to the team's contest in Milwaukee and had some of the harshest words yet regarding his 2014 club. He called them poor.
“It's disappointing, particularly the offense,” Amaro said. “What more can you say other than we're not swinging the bats very well. I didn't anticipate our guys being this poor. Because they are. They are this poor. We think that they're better. But they haven't shown it. So at some point we're going to have to make some changes. Some guys, once they are ready to play, may be factors for us.”
I'd say that's self-incriminating as much as it is calling out your players, which I enjoy.
Then Amaro went on to hint that change is coming to his ball club but not neccessarily via a trade as many of us expect. Instead, Ruben seems to be dangling the return of Freddy Galvis, Darin Ruf, the arrival of Grady Sizemore, and even Mikael Franco potentially working at first base as a threat of sorts directed at Ryan Howard and others who simply aren't producing or at the very least living up to their contracts (Again, self-incriminating on Amaro just the same).
You can read all of Ruben's harsh comments to reporters last night here, but if you think he simply slipped up you'd be wrong. He doubled down again this morning on WIP.
“Frankly, I stand by the remarks [made on Monday]. We just have not swung the bats well. I predict changes will be coming.”
Ruben finally seems to see the writing on the wall for the 2014 campaign and says the team will at least listen come deadline time. That's the line he should be saying at this point. Don't tip your hand that you plan on really shaking things up and trading big name guys. That would give other team's more leverage.
So Ruben is finally ready for some change. Perhaps that will give us something interesting to watch over the next few weeks.