The Philadelphia Phillies finished out of the playoff race for a second consecutive year. Heading into the off-season, fans were hoping that the roster would be revised in an aggressive fashion. To-date, modest moves have been made instead.
Ruben Amaro, Jr. heads a baseball corporation that opened Citizens Bank Park in 2004 in order to enhance its bottom line. Doing so also enabled Brad Lidge to strike out Eric Hinske at the precise moment the indelible 2008 season ended.
After recently agreeing to a massive new cable deal, the Phillies will see television fees rise from approximately $35 million to well over $100 million per season in 2015. It appears as though the management group has decided to wait until those extra revenues are available before its payroll comfort zone is expanded.
While the current core of veterans might produce a better record than was seen last season (73-89), it seems hard to imagine that a consistent winning effort will result in a playoff appearance next fall. So, everyone shouldn't be surprised if 2014 becomes another transitional campaign.