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Tonight in Detroit, the Phillies had to scratch Cliff Lee due to injury -- honestly, if they had any smarts at all, they'd forbid him to pitch until he's traded -- and went with Plan Z, which is Raul Valdes. A guy who hasn't started for a year. A guy with 2 career starts. A guy who should, well, never start for a major league team. Or even pitch for them in relief. Raul got to face a Tiger team that welcomed back Miguel Cabrera from injury, also known as the best hitter in the world.
Easier rehab assignments have never been offered.
The team came in with a six-game losing streak, no real chance at the division, no real chance at the wild card. And when you start Valdes -- seriously, Raul Valdes -- it's obvious to everyone involved that you aren't trying anymore. (Valdes, for those who aren't familiar, is a 35-year-old lefty with a career 4.6 ERA in the majors, which is to say, he isn't just a has been. He's a never ...
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Jimmy Rollins made it clear to the Philadelphia media traveling with the team in Detroit: “I’m not going anywhere.” That was his response when asked if he were approached by the team with a trade to a contender.
Rollins has 5 and 10 rights, meaning five seasons with the same team, 10 in the league. Therefore, he has the ability to block all trades. Therefore, J-Roll isn’t...
If it's July, Cliff Lee must be on the trade market.
Actually, Lee hasn't been traded during the season since 2010. Chances are, he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. But the Phillies are discussing their All-Star left-hander with other clubs, according to major league sources, creating the possibility of another Lee blockbuster.
A quick update on some of the latest Phillies news and trade rumors:
The Phillies announced that catcher Humberto Quintero has cleared waivers and has elected free agency. Quintero appeared in just 24 games with the Phillies, beginning the year with the club while Carlos Ruiz was suspended and returning from a trip to Triple-A during Ruiz’s absence due to injury. Quintero hit ...
Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee has been scratched from Saturday night's start at Detroit because of a stiff neck.
Lee will be replaced by left-hander Raul Valdes, who has gone 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances this year.
Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA.
Detroit's Max Scherzer puts his 14-1 record on the line Saturday.
The Phillies are already without right...
In what can only be described as a historic first for the franchise, the Philadelphia Phillies just doled out some big money for a strong armed Cuban.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Gonzalez defected to Mexico earlier this year and worked out for scouts in Tijuana. His deal reportedly is worth $60 million over six years,...
Steve Susdorf? Nah. With the designated hitter, Delmon Young will not start in the outfield. But Darin Ruf will. Ruf did not make the team because of his defensive abilities in the outfield. Now they are using him there. Ruf played six games in the outfield for the Phillies this...
As I watch the Phillies continue to find ways to lose games, mostly due to a pathetic offense, I can only wonder how Cliff Lee is viewing the team. As we were told last night he will not be pitching Saturday night, .7/27, due to a sore neck, perhaps more of a throbbing pain in his neck. AKA ********* team syndrome”. Instead we get the watch another mediocre pitcher, Raul Valdes...
When the Red Sox’ roster was dismantled after the disastrous September in 2011, Jonathan Papelbon found himself on the way out of town. Now in Philadelphia, the closer believes the Red Sox had the right idea about rebuilding, and the Phillies would be wise to follow their lead.
While hopes were high in Philly at the beginning of the season, Philadelphia now finds themselves 10...
So it begins.
ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies are calling other teams to let them know some players are available. All, except one:
PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
All most of us can say is, about damn time. After Saturday’s...
Hamels pitched well tonight, but the bats were silent. (Photo: AP)
Following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, the Phillies have now lost a season-high six games in a row. The loss pushed them 8.5 games back of first place in the NL East, and, as of this post, the Braves were winning. For the fifth time this season, they’re five games under .500. Since the All...
The Phillies may be re-signing Chase Utley, but they could be looking at a potential Cliff Lee deal as well. The Phillies scouts were seen at AAA Memphis scouting Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Martinez. That would appear to make sense for one trade: a Cliff Lee trade. The Cardinals are...
The Phillies made a significant investment in their future Friday night, reaching agreement with Cuban free-agent right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, according to a major-league source.
The news was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who said that the deal would be for more than $50 million over six years, with a chance to reach $60 million, including bonus money....
The skid continues as the Phillies really couldn't solve Doug Fister tonight. He looked a bit vulnerable in the 4th inning but all they scratched out of it was one run on a Michael Young RBI. He was dominant for eight strong innings. Cole Hamels put together a really nice...
Last night was a terrible loss, 10-0 if you will. Raul Valdes was creamed and Max Scherzer cruised his way to his 15th victory of the year. Losing their 7th straight game, the Phillies are now six games under .500 with three days left until the trade deadline. Losing the...