DENVER - After meeting behind closed doors in the visitors clubhouse with manager Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. conceded that this six-game road trip to begin the second half was significant.
He would not say, however, that this trip will decide whether the Phillies are buyers or sellers at the fast-approaching July 31 trade deadline.
"These next several games are important to us, no question," Amaro said before the Phillies played the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. "But I don't think we could ever put ourselves in a position to be a total seller anyway. We expect to be contending in '13, '14, '15, and beyond. So this is not a situation where even if things don't work out for us in 2012 that we're going to make super wholesale changes. That's not what we're about."