Another day has passed with news not reaching much more fervent than "the Phillies are an ancillary team listed as a possible, but highly unlikely, landing spot for Masahiro Tanaka."
We can once again look back over their recent moves and see the same list that we have listed many times before; Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz, Roberto Hernandez... Brad Lincoln is also here now, and Jeff Manship will likely spend 2014 bussing from Philly to Lehigh. The team is another year older, Cliff Lee will certainly follow Roy Halladay into retirement soon, and Ruben Amaro seems most interested in trading his least tradeable players.
It's a hard question to look at and take very seriously at this point. Or, maybe they're asking because they don't have a reason yet themselves. Regardless, they got some answers they didn't retweet.