NEW YORK -- There has been a lot of losing lately, and the Phillies are preparing themselves for trades in the event they keep losing.
The Phillies have not been sellers before the July 31 Trade Deadline since 2006, when they moved Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Franklin and others to change the look on the field and the chemistry in the clubhouse. But no matter what happens in the next few weeks, even if the the team becomes sellers, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday the Phillies plan on competing in the future.
"It's more about retooling than it is redoing," he said at Citi Field. "We've got a lot of players that are pretty [darn] good that I expect to be playing next year for us."
The will have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Hunter Pence and others under contract next season.
"We plan on being contenders in '13, '14, '15 and '16," Amaro said. "We're not blowing this team up. That's not going to happen. Regardless of what happens over the next couple of weeks, we plan on being contenders for the next several years. Even if we don't get to the finish line this year, we still view ourselves as contenders after this year."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.