Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Imagine being stuck with the contracts of Ryan Howard and Josh Hamilton in 2016. Howard will be 36 and Hamilton would be 35. Roy Halladay and Chase Utley in 2016? Forget it. How about trying to win it all in 2013 and then revamp the team? The big TV money is not there yet and the luxury tax threshold begins next season. Right now the outfield is Daren Ruff in left, Ben Revere in center and Domonic Brown in right. Think about it. It is an outfield you could live with defensively. The power? It has to come from Ryan Howard and the Phillies would be wise to get a right handed player with a little bit of pop. Cody Ross hits right and Nick Swisher is a switch hitter. Both would be decent protection behind Howard. Heck, Darin Ruff has a little bit of pop and is right handed. Maybe he could hit behind Howard. From what I hear, Ruben Amaro Jr. might wait until July to make a big splash. That was the plan last year. Then Howard and Utley did not start playing until July and Roy Halladay was ...
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