Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/26/13
Every time Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., proclaims, "We're not sellers!" he creates the perception that his franchise is in denial, that the Phils simply will not accept the inevitable transition that lies ahead. David Montgomery, the Phillies' CEO, disputes that perception. He disputes the idea that the team should concede in late June. And he disputes that the Phils must go through some kind of organizational purge and trade virtually every asset before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. "I guess that's where I see it a little bit differently than the way I often hear people describe it," Montgomery said. "I don't believe there is a cliff you get to and say, 'Now it's time to jump. We're going from one mode of operation to another.' " Are the Phillies a serious threat to contend? Not at the moment -- they're 37-41, eight games back in the NL East. Will they end up trading veterans? It's a reasonable assumption. But the deadline is more than a month away. The Phils don...
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