There is a point at which all things break, or melt, or freeze. There is a point at which something’s physical state becomes changed, transformed into something atomically similar to what it once was, but usually not physically or visually reminiscent of past form.
In 2012, the Phillies resembled the early stages of 2003’s disaster-porn flick The Core, wherein the Earth’s magnetic core has stopped spinning, creating ever-intensifying abnormalities on the surface that ever-increasingly threaten normal life. In 2013, those surface problems were dialed up a notch. You see where I’m going with this.
Ruben Amaro, Jr. is looking for the nuclear reaction to get the core of this team spinning again, and he’s trying to do it by straddling the line between full competitive team-building and blow-it-up rebuilding, as noted by CSN’s Justin Klugh. As also noted by Klugh, this isn’t really a thing that happens. At least, it isn’t a tactic that results in something even remotely resembling a quick turnaround.