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Ruben Amaro waves the white flag: Michael Young, others available

Jul 29, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

It was probably a blessing in disguise that the Tigers so thoroughly embarrassed the Phillies this weekend. Because it seems to have beaten all of the delusion out of Ruben Amaro regarding the Phillies shot at contention:

Michael Young seems like a no-brainer. His versatility, such that it is, is useful to people and it’s not like sending him away removes some essential cog from an epic core. The bigger question is whether Cliff Lee is on the block.  I feel like he should be. But I also feel like Amaro has enough ninja instincts left to shop him quietly if he’s going to shop him at all.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    LOL Epic core. That was one of the better Craig lines on the Phillies. I am hoping for one that Ruiz is on that list and maybe they can get someone like an Ethan Martin for him, (high potential prospect, just not living up to it in the team’s system). I would love to see the Phils deal Papelbon and rid themselves of RAJ’s blunder, but I doubt anyone will want to take on a hefty contract of a declining closer.

    • therealtrenches - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I have friends in Detroit who have been “waitin’ on Papelbon” for over a month now. We all expected them to strike a deal before the Phils left town. It didn’t happen. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where some of the frustration in Papelbon’s recent comments come from (of course, the rest of it comes from knowing he’s signed for a *long time* with a team that shows now signs of getting better any time soon). Maybe he expected to be dealt to a winner.

      Despite being a full blown a-hole, Paps can deal and he could really help a team down the stretch. You’d have to think there will at least be some phone calls inquiring about him from the teams that have a legitimate shot.

  2. jayscarpa - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Papelbon should be the first to go.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Is it possible to trade his mouth while keeping his arm?

  3. spellingcops - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    The bigger question is whether Craig read Olney’s tweet before asking the bigger question.

    • mattjg - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      “Why does Olney single out Michael Young? Is he subtly implying that the Phillies are trying to get rid of him for PED-related transgressions? You really have to wonder why Olney has such a bee in his bonnet when it comes to PED’s. Enough already, Buster. Time to focus the game on the field instead of the chemicals in the syringes.” / Calcaterra’d

      Only joking, Craig!

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    He never should have cut Chad Durbin. That guy would have brought a treasure trove of prospects.

  5. theaxmancometh - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    About time, 1st smart move he’s made in a while. Of course he’ll probably not trade Utley & sign him to an albatross of a contract…

  6. dondada10 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Utley could bring back a nice prospect. Just pull a Mike Bordick and re-sign him in the offseason.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Also – spoiler alert for those of you who still don’t know the ending to “Titanic”….

  8. mattjg - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    After noticing the white flag’s grittiness and veteran presence, Amaro whipped out his check book and signed that flag to an 8-year $200 million deal.

    • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      That flag must have led the league in RBI.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        RBI is an acronym for “run batted in” and not “runs batted in”. RBI has become a word in the English language, and is a noun. To make a noun plural, you add an s at the end. So more than one RBI is RBIs.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Do you know what FOYAIB is an acronym for?

      • scatterbrian - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Most of it. What does the I stand for?

  9. Francisco (FC) - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I for one think the Howard contract was a blessing in disguise, can you imagine what Ruben would have done If Howard, Fielder and Pujols hit the Market at the same time? He might have offered 12 year $300 million deals to both of those guys. Yes I’m being facetious.

  10. makeham98 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    When will Uncle Charlie go?

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      they’ll let charlie finish the season. It’s not as though there is enough time left to turn things around.

  11. sdelmonte - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I say, fire sale! Dump salaries, get prospects, rebuild.

  12. heyblueyoustink - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Waiving a white flag?!? There will bve no waiving of any kind of flags around here! THAT would be forced flagism and it will not be tolerated!

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  13. nananatman - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I used to know a Micheal Young, that dude was an overhyped waste.

  14. genvarsh - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    it’s mindbugging how in 5 years the team became so pathetic!

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