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Philadelphia Phillies telegraph Winter Meetings' trade effort

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Effort doesn't guarantee success. But, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. appears to have positioned himself to make a major Winter Meetings' trade effort this week.

Pat Gillick stepped aside as the Phillies top front office boss in the fall of 2008. Like Ed Wade before him, Gillick served as a mentor to his eventual heir apparent. The team's current leader does embody some elements of the two men that came before him. However, RAJ has established his own distinct management style.

He veered toward the 'big move' through the 2011 off-season, after which unspoken payroll restrictions have basically forbid the addition of whoever for whatever price. This fall the Phillies baseball corporation decided to conservatively fill-in a few roster gaps before heading to Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

With some legitimate trade chips to offer (Domonic Brown, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Kyle Kendrick and possibly a few others), Amaro has the ability to adjust his starting lineup and outfield order. He also needs to add one solid starting pitching option and review the bullpen picture.

Business can be conducted, concluded, or at least begun while all major off-field players are present during these back office meetings. Maybe the Phillies will bring a few presents back for their red pinstriped loved ones when all is said and done.

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