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Phillies outright problematic Tyson Gillies from 40-man roster

Jun 6, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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The Phillies outrighted outfielder Tyson Gillies from the 40-man roster earlier today, a formality given the outfielder’s on-the-field struggles. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb put it, however, it was the Phillies conceding another mistake. Gillies will remain in the organization, but the move severely impacts his chances of making the major leagues with the Phillies.

Gillies, 25, was one of the three players GM Ruben Amaro acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with the Seattle Mariners in December 2009. The other two players, Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez, have also disappointed, but Gillies is on another level. His baseball-related struggles were obvious. His OPS by year, starting with 2010, went .638, .462, .809, 685, .588. He battled leg injuries that sapped his speed, as he went from 44 stolen bases in 2009 with Single-A High Desert in the Mariners’ system to 31 in his entire time in the Phillies’ system.

Gillies made a habit out of throwing temper tantrums and was memorably involved in last year’s brawl between Team Canada and Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. On June 3, he was reportedly involved in a shouting match with his coaches. A few days prior, he went 0-for-5 and damaged a wall and bat rack outside the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ clubhouse.

As for the other two members of the Lee trade, the Phillies outrighted Ramirez last October. Ramirez then elected free agency and later joined the Indians but he hasn’t done a whole lot for them. Aumont has been a tire fire, allowing two home runs in the only two games he has appeared in the big leagues this season, while walking 22 in 26 1/3 innings at Triple-A with a 4.44 ERA. The Lee trade with the¬†Mariners,¬†one could say, has not worked out well for the Phillies.

  1. xmatt0926x - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    At the time of that trade, didn’t the Yankees accuse Amaro of not letting all the teams know that Lee was even available? Imagine trading a true ace like Lee in his prime and not letting all potential trade partners bid on him.

    After watching this organization for over 30 years and suffering through the majority of those years, I’m really starting to believe the recent good run was just a fluke and the management truly is the gang that just can’t shoot straight. Amaro is simply a representation of this poor management.

    • schmedley69 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      You said it. Now there are reports that a clerical error led to Domingo Santana being the PTBNL in the Pence trade. Yet another embarrassment for this clueless front office. David Montgomery needs to go. He is almost as much of a stooge as his predecessor, Bill Giles (the guy who traded away Sandberg and Julio Franco and who thought that Rick Schu and Jeff Stone would be super stars).

    • phillies816 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      I couldn’t agree more. I have been saying this 2010. They are a lousy organization and pretty much always have been. This is all a fluke. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes

  2. twinfan24 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Good luck, if you think anyone will put up with your BS when you have to find a real job, Tyson.

  3. emdash01 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    The spambots are very interested in Tyson Gillies.

  4. phillies816 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Centerpiece of the deal for Lee to the M’s was a deaf cokehead with no ability. Nice job Amaro

  5. eagles512 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Amaro is a laughingstock.

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