The Philadelphia Phillies badly want and need Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The ongoing question is whether Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. can build a creative package, or somehow engineer a multiple-team deal, that lands this soon-to-be 24-year-old (November 8)?
Amaro's incentive to do something dramatic is based upon two realistic points. One involves business and the other personal survival.
Citizens Bank Park has been and can continue to be a money machine if enough fans choose to walk through the gates. The magnetism of the facility, which first opened in 2004, has worn off to a large degree. So, a winning baseball team has been and will be the major draw moving forward.
The Phillies' current television contract expires in 2015. However, recent reports state that a new deal will be in place this month. An additional guaranteed $100 million per season (not overall, but per year) could be added to the Phillies' bottom line as a result. That reality could significantly up the monied-hand Amaro is dealt this off-season.
Regardless of any new TV deal, or whatever amount of it the GM chooses to immediately spend, this team must revert to its winning ways. It's hard to imagine the current front office boss retaining his job if his Phillies' team continues its downward regular season trajectory next season.
Amaro is motivated to land his long-desired right fielder, which would also deeply enhance Ryne Sandberg's lineup options. If he can't deliver that top prize through a trade, some type of major offensive weapon will likely need to be purchased via free agency. In lieu of either option, the Phillies can't possibly be expected to make a legitimate playoff push in 2014.