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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 an unnamed general manager tells him isn't happening considering the team's pending television deal.
Cliff Lee leads NL in GS, IP, QS, QS%...GM:"With their pending TV deal, Ruben Amaro isn't trading him or Papelbon."
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) June 19, 2013
The GM indicates that Philadelphia's pending television deal will cause the team to hold onto pricey veterans than may otherwise be able to be flipped for high-profile prospects. There is certainly room for debate, and the Phillies are not completely out of it in the National League East. Still, it can be argued whether or not TV deals and fans should dictate how you are running an organization.
Obviously the best interest of the team's long-term success should come into play. In the case of the Phillies, they have an aging roster with several unmovable contracts -- see Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins. Cole Hamels isn't likely to be leaving town anytime soon, and other players on the roster are veterans with little value -- Michael Young and Delmon Young -- and younger or more unproven players who are also not extremely coveted -- Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry Jr.
Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are in the final year of their contracts, but it's unclear if Ruiz would bring much in return, and Philadelphia might want to retain Utley beyond 2013. That basically leaves the team with Lee and Papelbon as their only marketable players that can bring back significant packages in a trade.
The Phillies could go any number of directions this season; buying, selling or holding tight. Whatever the case, it sounds like their pending TV deal could have some sort of impact on their decision making. Is this OK by you?
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