“Gillick said any further pitching additions would likely come through trades because the free-agent market, weak from the start, has been picked over.”
No kidding, Pat. And we might add you certainly did your part in the proceedings.
It's difficult to determine what, if any, strategy the Phillies' new GM is employing. Other than the Rowand-Thome trade, virtually every other move Gillick has made is either lateral or backwards. If he is positioning the Phils for the future it would be nice to hear him put a date on when that might begin. From the cold perspective of early January, the future doesn't appear to be this coming April. On the other hand, what GM is going to publicly admit as much?