Rounding up the latest news: Yesterday, Daily News sources confirmed that Ruben Amaro Jr., as expected, will take over for Pat Gillick as Phillies general manager. ... In another news, the Phillies will not pick up the options of So Taguchi and Tom Gordon. Each news item merits further review, but I swore an oath to take a break once the season was over, something I haven't done, basically, since June of 2007. Thoughtful posts will resume shortly, once the championship shock wears off and I get my legs back. The newly crowned kings of baseball will have plenty of questions to answer regarding contracts and so forth in short order, but we'll get to those later. I don't even have the energy to round up Amaro art for this mailed-in entry. Let the non-Phillies bloggers sweat over the offseason small stuff like that.