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Ruben Amaro has no plans to trade Cliff Lee or Jonathan Papelbon

Jun 14, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

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Cliff Lee‘s postgame interview last night is being spun by some as him wanting out of Philly, but even if that were the case, Ruben Amaro does not sound at all inclined to do it.

Talking to Jayson Stark of ESPN, Amaro makes it clear — for the second time this week — that he does not intent to trade any major pieces of the Phillies, including Lee or Jonathan Papelbon, another guy mentioned in early trade season rumblings:

“My job is to try and put a contending team on the field every year, and we have a much better chance to be a contending team with both of those guys on the club,” he said. “If we have those guys at the top of our rotation, we’re a better club. … It starts and ends with pitching, as far as I’m concerned. So the more quality pitching you have, the better chance you have to build around that to win … Whether you’re talking about re-tooling or re-wrapping or taking a different direction, I think there are ways we can do that,” he said. “But when you start talking about blowing it up, you’re basically saying you’re going to start from scratch. And that’s not happening.”

I can see why he says that. I just can’t see how the Phillies can make themselves better without making some pretty major moves.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM


  2. evanwins - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Why are there no stories about who the Dodgers, Angels or Blue Jays can/will/might trade? Those teams are doing worse than the Phillies and they have valuable pieces too yet you see nothing about it. There’s no shortage of Phillies trade stories though.

    Why don’t all these writers just go back to telling everyone how great the Nationals are again, how they will easily be the best team in baseball.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Well, in fairness, look at the Ryan Howard contract. I mean, do any of those team have an underpeforming 1st baseman hey will be paying $25 mil for the next 3 years?

      • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Remember the rumors that Ryan was going to be traded for Pujols straight up? Hard to say who would have made out better in that deal right now.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Phillies – they would not have either one by now

      • octom - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        The Angels certainly have a candidate for a longer period and more total $$$s

    • xmatt0926x - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      I think it’s the fact that many assume Cliff Lee will be the prize of the trade deadline and in addition, he’s actually been asked about it twice. When people start asking people like RA Dickey or whomever fro, the teams you mentioned if they want to be traded I’m sure the stories about those teams will start to come up.

  3. junglerat524 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Which means they are available.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    That’s only because no one has offered him someone who can’t hit his weight *snicker* but somehow drives in a decent amount of runs when he’s on a good team.

  5. kingjoe1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Amaro isan idiot if he doesn’t think he should trade Lee, Paps and utley. He should get avisail from tigers for Paps, ingles iwas from sox for Lee and joc ped desk. From dodgers for utley

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      You keyboard’s “Random” button appears to be in the “On” position.

  6. greymares - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I believe he thinks that, but the offer from Detroit for Papelbon may be to good to resist.

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    This will NEVER happen but its wishfull thinking as a Phils fan. This team obviously isnt going anywhere this season. The core of Howard, Utley, and Rollins just cant get the job done anymore as a unit.

    Lee to STL for Oscar Taveras(AAA) If Wil Meyers gets flipped for James Shields then this shouldn’t be out of the question for a win now team.

    Papalbon to DET for Castanellos(AAA) and Rendon(AAA) They have a legit shot to win and may be willing to overpay.

    Utley to LAD for Pederson(AA) There OF is set with Crawford, Kemp, Either, and Puig

    Howard to BAL for Christian Walker(A+) Salary relief. Walker has potential and he’s a Philly area kid.

    Rollins to SF for Heath Hembree(AAA) Lossing Scutaro leaves a big hole at SS for SF. Hembree is a power righty to compliment Hamels, and Biddle next year.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Why would the Orioles take Howard? If anything, they would be interested in Utley. At least try to make your trade fantasy make a little sense.

  8. theaxmancometh - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Scutaro plays 2nd, but yea..

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