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Phillies might be selling at the deadline

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08:16 AM ET 05.11 | Charlie Manuel lit up his team on Wednesday night, and, in the eyes of his GM, with good reason. The Phils entered the season with a $174 million payroll, second-highest in the majors, and just shy of the $178 million luxury-tax threshold. Phillies officials have said publicly that they'd like to avoid paying the tax. That could make it difficult, though not impossible, for Amaro to improve the team during the July trade season. "We can be buyers," he said. "It just depends on how creative I can be." But he added, if things don't turn around, he could look to subtract talent, not add. "July is so far ahead," Amaro said. "We just have to get on track. But if July comes and we're playing like this, we'll be sellers."

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May 11, 2012  08:28 AM ET

anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

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May 11, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Bosox could be buyers unless they decide it's rebuilding time, which they honestly may have done last offseason.

The only thing they will be buying is a straight jacket for Valentine by 4th of July.

May 11, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

Can they afford to give up his bat? Last I looked he had the highest batting average on the team and he and Hamel had 4 RBI and Rollins had 5.

May 11, 2012  09:51 AM ET

The Down side of spending big is when you have injuries to key players and you don't win!

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May 11, 2012  11:37 AM ET
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anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

they ain't selling cliff lee. i suspect his comments were mainly meant to light a fire under the guys.

May 11, 2012  12:03 PM ET

the manager, means, business, in other words, he its trying either to motivate the players, or to make them to think deeper than in the actual month of may, if you are unable to perform as good as you had done it in the past, then you may be traded or trade towards any team!!!

May 11, 2012  12:25 PM ET
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Can they afford to give up his bat? Last I looked he had the highest batting average on the team and he and Hamel had 4 RBI and Rollins had 5.

You shouldn't really be getting many RBI's from your leadoff man. I'm not defending Rollins...but his job is to become the RBI...not to drive them in.

May 11, 2012  12:53 PM ET
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anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

We spit on his wife.

May 11, 2012  01:04 PM ET

The Phillies had a good run. Age and injuries caught up to them. The NL East has passed them by...

May 11, 2012  02:13 PM ET
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anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

Anyone wanting Lee could have to take a position player or 2 also and replace them with offensive prowess.

May 11, 2012  05:45 PM ET

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**** Philly fans. YOu're the worst!

May 11, 2012  08:20 PM ET
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Funny coming from a town that supports no one with any passion

 
May 11, 2012  10:13 PM ET
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anyone want Cliff Lee (again)?

He has a no trade clause this time. He's not going anywhere unless he wants to go.

We may find out if they intend to pay their third starter over 20 million per year because that's what it's going to take to sign Hammels. He may be gone in July if they decide 60 million per year is too much to tie up in 3 pitchers. The Yankees are looking for pitching, aren't they?

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