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While the Philadelphia Phillies struggle to achieve even a winning record, speculation persists that Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month's non-waiver trade deadline.
That's not necessarily the case.
''Absolutely not, because these are guys I'd be better off having on my club than not,'' Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told The Associated Press. ''Who am I going to replace these guys with to win a championship? These are championship-caliber players. If we think about moving these guys, then I better be getting someone of better or equal value and I just don't see that happening.''
Lee is 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA. The 34-year-old lefty is signed for two more years at $25 million per plus a vesting option for 2016. He's already been traded three times, including twice before the deadline.
Papelbon began the year 13 for 13 in save tries before blowing two chances during a three-game series again...
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When it comes to Major League Baseball, there may be no better period than the one ahead.
That's right, we are now more than halfway through the month of June, which means July is right around the corner. Of course, that also means that the trade deadline is almost just a month away.
For MLB teams, the stakes are high, and there is no more enjoyable time for fans. There's...
ST. LOUIS - Fewer than six weeks remain until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and you know what that means? The rumor season is about to heat up.
Because the Cardinals have a loaded farm system, plenty of financial flexibility and are primed for a pennant run, expect them to be in the middle of a lot of trade speculation. Just remember, distinguishing between fact and fiction...
The St. Louis Cardinals' rotation was sporting the lowest ERA in the majors entering play yesterday. Couple that with the fact that they have more starting candidates than they do rotation spots, and St. Louis doesn't appear to be a team in need of starting pitching help. However, considering the club could be depending on multiple young arms down the stretch, Bernie Miklasz...
Jonathan Papelbon is apparently big on fundamentals.
Papelbon, who blew two saves during a three-game set with the Nationals, isn’t pleased with the way the Phillies are playing, and he thinks the struggles can be attributed to recurring mistakes.
“This is a game of fundamentals and we’ve got to do fundamentals right and keep grinding,” Papelbon said, according to CSNPhilly...
At this point in the season and with the particular circumstances present, the question has to be asked, that of “does Jonathan Papelbon want out of Philadelphia?’ One can also presuppose the notion that Philadelphia might want Papelbon out of Philadelphia.Whichever way you may wish to look at the issue at hand, one thing for sure is that Papelbon’s time in Philadelphia may...
While the Philadelphia Phillies struggle to achieve even a winning record, speculation persists that Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline.
That’s not necessarily the case.
“Absolutely not, because these are guys I’d be better off having on my club than not,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told The Associated...
After last night’s blown save in the Phillies 6-2, 11 inning loss to the Nationals, Jonathan Papelbon had interesting things to say. Do you think he calls out the team here?
The trade deadline is a little more than a month away and we are starting to hear rumors out there of players who the Cardinals could be interested in. First it was Cliff Lee and then it was Jonathan Papelbon. These rumors will only pick up as we get closer to the deadline. I thought I would look at 5 players who could have trade value for the Cardinals and who are players the...
With plenty of storylines surrounding the 2013 Phillies, Pat and Corey break down the most pressing issues in the latest episode of Phillies Nation TV. The guys cover topics like how to explain Cole Hamels’ season, what it means to trade an ace like Cliff Lee, Ben Revere’s resurgence, and why Kevin Fransden deserves more playing time.
Jay Floyd talks with Kyle Simon, the rightly...
Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Nats offense no match for Cliff Lee. Back to 2 games under .500, and a tie for 2nd place in the NL East with the Phillies.
According to Davey Johnson in his postgame press conference (video here), no need to think about about the missed opportunity with the Braves losing both games of a double header to the Mets yesterday: "It's a long season...
Earlier this week, a Boston-based baseball writer speculated in his column that the Phillies believe that St. Louis might be interested in Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Mind you, there was no real substance behind his assertion, but it made the usual rumor-mill rounds all the same. This move would make no sense for the Cardinals, and here are five reasons why:
With last night's 4-2 win over Washington, the Phillies not only sealed their second straight win, but they pulled within seven games of first place behind the Braves - tying the Nationals. Cliff Lee was superb even after an hour and 14 minute-long rain delay before the game started. Lee...
It's clear that middling teams playing in larger markets tend to be more hesitant to truly blow things up and turn their attention to the future (the Houston Astros being an outlier). According to Peter Gammons, this will seemingly have an impact on whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies trade starting pitcher Cliff Lee and closer Jonathan Papelbon this summer, something...
Washington Nationals (34-35) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-37)
Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) vs. Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55)
TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
WEATHER: 70, rain
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After a walkoff win by Domonic Brown yesterday, more good news. Carlos Ruiz is back. But more bad news, too. The rain is staying, the game is delayed to start, and the showers will likely...
Last night the Phillies gave their fans something to be happy about. In the series opener against Washington last night John Lannan returned after two months on the DL and took a no-decision against his former team. He allowed two earned on six hits through five innings. Headed into the...