Remember how we said the Philadelphia Phillies' games against St. Louis and Detroit this week should determine their approach to the trade deadline?
Well, the Phillies are 0-4 on the road trip. They have lost six straight overall. They are nine games out in the National League East, 10 back in the second wild card.
Logic says the Phillies should reboot an aging roster by trading some veterans. It remains to be seen if general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will do it.
One thing became clear Friday: Even if Amaro sells, it will be difficult to trade Cliff Lee before Wednesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Lee was scratched from Saturday's start against the Tigers because of neck stiffness. He expects to see a doctor once the Phillies return home.
At that point, the Phillies will have only one game left before the deadline. So, Lee probably won't have enough time to prove to suitors that he's healthy. It's possible that Lee could be traded in August, since his con...