To most of the baseball world and within his own fan base, his team is a smoldering $178 million mess that is injury prone and past its prime.

But Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't see that when he looked at what was left of the 2012 Phillies from the visiting dugout Tuesday night.

What he saw in the wake of the trades that sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants was a group that he can still win with.

"I know we have a lot of talent on this field and I know we can't control the injuries that happened," the Phils' general manager said. "But what I do and believe in my heart of hearts is that we have the core and the nucleus of players to be a championship-caliber club.