Montgomery's not a fan of the trade deadline

David Montgomery
David Montgomery
Posted: July 19, 2013

READING - Phillies president David Montgomery is a baseball enthusiast, which was evident on Wednesday, when he attended a game at double-A Reading that began at noon, and then traveled to see short-season Williamsport in the evening.

What Montgomery isn't crazy about is the July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies (48-48) are 51/2 games out of the second wild-card spot and 61/2 games out of first in the National League East with 66 games remaining.

"Everybody acts like it's tomorrow, but you know, it's two weeks away," Montgomery said of the trade deadline after Reading beat the Trenton Thunder, 6-5.

Montgomery pointed out the importance of the Phillies' nine-game road trip against the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers. After that, the Phillies will play 34 of their next 50 at home.

"It's a little early to judge what this year is going to be," he said. "With all that uncertainty, it makes you think about all sorts of possibilities, and I know that is how [general manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] is approaching things."

For Montgomery, the deadline can't come soon enough.

"I will be honest, July 31 isn't really my favorite time of the year, because it becomes an anxious time, not for those of us in the front office, but for the player population," he said.

Montgomery said the best-case scenario is for the Phillies to make another run with the current group.

"You try to do what is right for several constituencies; one is, you try to do what is right for the group in the clubhouse," Montgomery said. "As long as they show they feel they have an opportunity to make something out of this year, we should be supporting that if at all possible. You certainly want to send that message to your fans as well."


Contact Marc Narducci

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