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"The Phillies never tanked, but they may be a cautionary tale of a different kind. Under Ruben Amaro Jr., they tried to squeeze one more deep run from the 2008 champions well into the next decade, and failed. That may be costing them now, as they try to build out the roster in the free-agent market. The core of young players they might have projected to build around, the core that the Astros, Cubs, Yankees, and Dodgers have had, has never really materialized."