The Phillies are in their greatest position since the early ’80s, a perfect state that abruptly ended when they started dealing away their youth.
The morning after the Phillies improve to an untouchable 58-40, we speak of the unspeakable names of Ryne Sandberg and others and remember the huge cliff the Phils fell from and canyon walls they couldn’t scale until 28 years later. Of all the people who’ve weighed in on the Roy Halladay rumors, I finally read the one opinion that counts more than most, that of the Beerleaguer Senior Correspondent, who issued a sage warning that history often repeats itself: “Halladay ... tough call. Joe Blanton was the right move last year, yet I remember the Ryne Sandberg trade, the Fergie Jenkins trade - two Hall of Famers. Amaro must be shrewd. Don't wanna give up the farm. There have been so many pitching busts – Schmidt, Zito – it’s a hell of a tough call for a GM.”
Indeed. I’m willing to bet the choices made these next three days will trump any made during Amaro’s tenure as GM. It's part of the price he must pay for inheriting world champions. No matter which side you butter your bread, the fact remains: If he follows through with a ground-shaking trade before Friday's deadline, he will be attempting to upgrade a situation, from top to bottom, that is already somewhere close to perfect.