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Quotable: Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies are ‘built to win’

Dec 11, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

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Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apparently laughed off reports that the club was listening to offers for Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb went so far as to say Amaro and assistant GM Scott Proefrock put on a “skit” about the rumors.

This is baseball’s silly season, when a lot of stuff gets thrown against the wall that probably has little-to-no merit. Fans might mistake what Amaro had to say next as part of the act however. Despite an aging core and a bloated payroll preventing a team that finished with a 73-89 record last season from adding meaningful pieces in free agency, Amaro contends the Phils are contenders. Here’s more from CSN insider Jim Salibury:

“We’re built to win,” Amaro said. “I like our lineup. I’d like to add some pitching to it.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good lineup as it stands today. If we can improve on it we’ll try. But I like our lineup. We’ve been sitting here and discussing it internally. I like the balance in it. Is it older? Yes, it is. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worse just because it’s older. We just have to get them healthier. If it’s healthy, it’s better than last year, clearly. We have to score more than 610 runs or whatever it was that we scored last year. That was awful. We have to score 700-plus runs to contend. I think the guys that are in the lineup as it stands today can do that.”

From a certain standpoint, Amaro’s right. The Phillies, with their huge contracts awarded to the likes of Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Jonathan Papelbon to name a few, are built to try to win. Whether or not they are actually built to win, as in they have a legitimate shot at chasing a World Series title in 2014, is certainly up for debate.

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  1. Docdeath20 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    A$$ Clown ruben could build blocks for kids not alone a baseball team, his thumbs must smell from sitting on them. He had nothing to do with building our team from 2006 thru 2010 that was Wade and Gillick. He needs to go to save our Phillies.

    • Nicky Boy - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Thumbs down for grammatical mistakes.

  2. willh888 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I actually had to check the date on this post to make sure it was a recent story

    • dialectician - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Absolutely! Why does Amaro still have a job?

  3. Scott B - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I love how Rube the boob thinks. So if every player in this lineup achieves their best year, we’re set. We added Marlon Byrd, that’s it. What a fool and how many years do they need to spiral before this organization wakes the F up.

    Downright embarrassing.

  4. galasso2586 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I don’t get what he’s talking about with the balance aspect of it. It’s still left hand heavy. Revere L, Rollins S, Utley L, Brown L, Howard L, Asche L, Byrd R, Chooch R. There’s no balance at all in there.

    • mark432 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I think the lefty-righty stuff is greatly overrated. I’m concerned about those players hitting no matter whatever side of the plate they attempt to from.

  5. craig - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I think part of the sentence was cut off “We’re built to win … 76 games”

    • mark432 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I’ll take the under


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