With the caveat that the guy tweeting this isn’t considered the most reliable guy on the planet, I offer you this:
No question @Phillies want to get younger but want to get rid of bad guys in clubhouse. RE: Marlon Byrd, Papelbon,Cliff Lee when healthy
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 5, 2014
I really don’t follow the Phillies clubhouse dynamics terribly closely, so I’ll defer to Bill or some of you commenters who know about this stuff more than me, but I find this rather surprising. Mostly because I can’t remember any dustups in the Philly clubhouse outside of some bristling at Ryne Sandberg over the past year. All of which I chalk up more to a veteran team not much liking losing and, possibly, not much liking a change in habits and routines.
Part of me wonders if this isn’t a function of a Phillies team wanting to unload pricey veteran players with big contracts, realizing they won’t get a ton of value for them and wanting to set the stage to make up for that publicly by arguing it was addition by subtraction or some such when they get pennies on the dollar. Wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has been done.