Some quick updates on this Sunday:
First, the deadline for the Phillies and Dodgers to agree on a Cliff Lee trade was 1:00 p.m. today and judging by the fact that Cliff Lee is on the mound pitching right now, he is going nowhere. Well, at least until the deadline passes.
Second, the Phillies officially gave infielder Mike Fontenot his release today. The Phillies designated Fontenot for assignment on August 1st. The problem with Fontenot? It was not his .289 batting average. Strikes against him were that he was left handed (and the Phillies now have left-handed hitters galore) and that he was not a natural shortstop. Kevin Frandsen can play shorstop, but when Placido Polanco returns from the disabled list Frandsen could end up back at AAA.
Third, we got a lot of negative comments on our Facebook page over my Juan Pierre piece, suggesting that the Phillies let him go since he is not in their plans. Some of the Baseball Talk Philadelphia comments included: