Many baseball people have convinced themselves that the Philadelphia Phillies won't be able to make any significant adjustments during the offseason. That consensus opinion could be right, but also dismisses the unexpected.
There's no reason to cite chapter and digital verse about surprising transactions that have taken place throughout the organization's history. The past always proves that the future is never fully certain.
A few months ago many individuals had written off the possibility that a certain catcher could be re-signed. Whether 'Chooch' is, or isn't, throws beyond second base. His fate wasn't and isn't predetermined.
Some people people apparently had a weak contact at a local transportation service, because they were sure that Cole Hamels' bags had been placed into a limousine last year. Then, an overly dramatic travel agent offered a tip about Chase Utley. But, a one-way ticket was never booked for him to the West Coast in July.
There are a number of players who can be dealt, or discarded, once the season ends. In some instances, that includes veterans who previously downloaded a 'no-trade' app through their agent's smartphone.
This baseball corporation wants revenues to remain high indefinitely. It can't make nearly as much money if current attendance declines bleed into 2014 and beyond.
With whatever anyone thinks about the general manager, he knows that the core of the team he assembled this season can't be seen in-full again next year. All that seems obvious often appears that way from afar.