Realmuto is not a FA, he still has 1.5 years to go on his contract. And moving him sends a terrible message to the club, the phans and players. Look, the McCuthchen injury was much more damaging than we imagined, and like him or not, the loss of Herrera hurt also.
I will say it again, as someone who has been in more than my share of clubhouses. It is not good for a team with very little long built culture to be moving players in and out every time the sun sets. Teams are built with talent first and foremost but are seasoned with camaraderie, and this is impossible given the way the Phils move their bullpen pieces back and forth between LHV and Philadelphia. Its just wrong, I will never be an advocate for it.
I have said this before and will repeat it...the Phils are NOT the Dodgers and should stop trying to emulate them. Just stop it already. And for this talk that the Dodgers are a 3 True Outcomes team, they sure have an awful lot of .300 hitters for a team that supposedly subscribes to the home run, walk, strikeout philosophy. I think they are privately laughing at teams like the Phillies, who are trying to copy a system that the Dodgers abandoned 3 years ago.
While I agree that no one move will change a teams fortunes completely, I also believe one move can begin to make a difference and to do nothing is simply foolish. Hiring Kapler was a huge mistake, he is simply in over his head as a manager. His crazy views are probably laughed at privately by the players and like I said, this will all come out eventually.
There an awful lot of good candidates out there...Girardi, Showalter, Wathan are three possibilities. Klentak has put himself in such an awkward position, he was told by McPhail that a GM only has so many managerial firings before it falls on him and Klentak knows this.
But to sit back and do nothing seems less than awe inspiring also.