Jul 29, 2006, 12:21 PM EDT
Symbolically the biggest deal since the Jim Thome trade, the
Phillies’ starting third baseman for the past four seasons was traded
to Milwaukee for a 22-year-old reliever last night.
One by one, Pat Gillick is disassembling the bricks from the house his predecessor built. In a perfect world, David Bell
would have been the Phillies’ keystone defender and understated leader
on a World Series winner. He would have erased all memory of superstar
third baseman Scott Rolen. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way.
Oh, it is obvious. So, so obvious. Wilfrido Laureano, the minor leaguer the Phillies got in return for Bell, is not going to make an impact with the Phillies anytime soon, but the move signifies change. Let’s hope Pat Gillick can use this as a stepping stone to putting the team he believes can win in place.
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