Odd offseason for the aging Phillies

Signing 36-year-old outfielder Marlon Byrd among Phils' few moves this winter

Originally Published: January 25, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

During this challenging offseason, Ruben Amaro Jr. can't help but recall his indoctrination as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, when the Citizens Bank Park seats were always full and the future beckoned with unlimited promise. He had barely rinsed the champagne from his hair after the 2008 World Series celebration when a family member offered a reality check on the hazards of replacing Pat Gillick at the franchise's absolute peak.

"I'll never forget the words my brother, David, ...

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