Phillies have earned clout

Who wouldn't want to play in Philly? Franchise now a magnet for top-tier players

Updated: July 30, 2011, 6:39 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

It is an understatement to say that the Phillies over the last five years are better than those Phillies teams I played for in the late '90s/early 2000s. We had some talent, but in none of my six seasons in Philadelphia did I see the postseason.

That is not to say we were never in a position to consider what key move could get us there. But on the two-way street between player and team, the desire for a certain key move may not necessarily go both ways.

In 2001, we ...

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