For once Jonathan Papelbon may have said the right thing. Instead of suggesting he go play for a contender and that he didn't join the Phillies for "this", Papelbon offered a positive comment today when appraoched by reporters. The Phillies made no moves on the July 31 trade deadline.
Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted:
Papelbon "encouraged" Amaro has stood pat, kept team together.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) July 31, 2014
Further, the Phillies' poor play is not Ruben Amaro Jr.'s fault:
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon says all of the losing the last 3 years has nothing to do with GM Ruben Amaro Jr.— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) July 31, 2014
One must wonder what the Phillies players are thinking right now. They must know that they are not good enough. They probably enjoy each other's company; they may even be too comfortable. They may all get to get to stay together for some time.