The Philadelphia Phillies’ offseason has been defined by trade rumors involving their most prominent players, as the Nats’ NL East rivals have sent mixed signals on their plans for the future. Are they trading away their assets or holding the current roster together for another year?

It’s no secret they have tons of money locked up in older players, they’re set to pay over $140 million to guys over 30 in 2014 alone. But general manger Ruben Amaro, Jr. is confident the Phillies can compete next year with their current roster.

“We have to roll with them,” Amaro told “We’ve committed to them.”

Injuries have hurt the Phillies big time over the last few years as their players have started to show their age. Ryan Howard for instance – the team’s highest paid player – appeared in just 80 games last year. Amaro thinks the former MVP still has something left at the age of 34.

“Ryan Howard does still live. He exists. He's part of our club, OK? And he is one of the most important parts of our club,” Amaro said.