RubenSomehow, Ruben Amaro’s offseason needs are similar to his team’s– he needs to play small ball, and he needs to do it well.

From the bow tie man himself, little baby Ken Rosenthal:

If anything, sources say, Amaro seems to grasp that he cannot simply make a singular splash, not when the team needs to address its catching, pitching and outfield. Thus, he’s unlikely to go all-in on a trade for Price or give a massive payout to a free-agent outfielder such as Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo. A more measured approach finally is appropriate.

So, while it’s fun to think about a Phillies rotation with three star left-handers — Price, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels — the chances of a deal for Amaro getting Price probably are quite slim. Amaro needs to spread his money around, seek opportunistic trades — and hit clean singles instead of instead of trying for his usual home runs.

So, he’ll probably sign Nelson Cruz for $300 million.