The Boston Red Sox finished dead last in the American League East in 2012. A major late-season trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers was intentionally made that season in order to create 'payroll flexibility' and with that a hopefully stronger chance to win again.
Cherington might not have guessed that his revamped squad, the contracts he jettisoned to the west and the approximate $21 million less he paid his 2013 team would instantly result in access to the 'Fall Classic', but it has.
There are many loyal fans who blame Amaro for the Phillies current state of affairs. That's a myopic view of the five seasons that have flowed since Pat Gillick relinquished his top front office spot in the fall of 2008. During those years Philadelphia's baseball team has taken at least one step back from where it finished in its prior diamond campaign.
Every major league team is a large corporation. So, anyone who believes that Amaro has made every major decision on his own must somehow be dismissing their own experiences within any workplace. No matter what level of the white-, or blue collar rung people find themselves hanging from, everyone should understand that multiple personalities put their hands in the corporate cookie jar during all major roster moves.
In order to preserve his own job, Amaro must persuade the powers-to-be at Citizens Bank Park that some old friends have to be traded, released or somehow removed by the end of next year. While certain large contracts are known to be cemented, others are still fluid and thus movable. The Phillies current corporate face must create a Red Sox-like opportunity soon in order to improve his team and to avoid dismissal.