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Amaro mocks Hamels, Lee speculation

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07:41 AM ET 12.11 | To a pair of Phillies execs, a day worth of trade speculation provided entertainment. They planned a skit. "We can't trade Cole," Ruben Amaro Jr. said to Scott Proefrock, his top lieutenant. They both smirked. "No," Proefrock said, "we're trading Lee!" The Phillies do not possess many tradeable assets in their quest to remedy a 73-win team; Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee are two of the game's best lefthanded pitchers and would interest many teams. Hamels and Lee surfaced in Tuesday morning rumors from various national outlets, who spoke to rival executives. Amaro derided that hearsay as "silly." He insisted he wants to add starting pitching, not subtract from it. ... "We're built to win," Amaro said. "I like our lineup. I'd like to add some pitching to it."

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December 11, 2013  08:19 AM ET

.....feelies, yankers, angels...you decide which is the most pathetic....how those gms keep their jobs even one more day is the mystery of the day...

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December 11, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Oh, be real. He floated the notion to test the waters.

Yes he did.

December 11, 2013  09:42 AM ET

The contracts that both of them have will run most teams away from talking trade with the Phillies.

December 11, 2013  09:56 AM ET

"We're built to win," Amaro said.....My question to him is " In what Universe?"...How are you different from last year?

December 11, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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"We're built to win," Amaro said.....My question to him is " In what Universe?"...How are you different from last year?

In 2008....

December 11, 2013  10:46 AM ET

but but the phillies hobby its to collect some tough pitchers!!!

December 11, 2013  11:26 AM ET

at the end,,Amaro jr mocked himself!!!

December 11, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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at the end,,Amaro jr mocked himself!!!

Mockibated in public?

December 11, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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.....feelies, yankers, angels...you decide which is the most pathetic....how those gms keep their jobs even one more day is the mystery of the day...

Oh without a doubt it's the Rangers.

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December 11, 2013  03:27 PM ET
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Oh, be real. He floated the notion to test the waters.

Agreed, and if an offer he can't refuse comes along (multiple top draft picks, etc.) he'll take it.

December 11, 2013  06:07 PM ET
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"We're built to win," Amaro said.....My question to him is " In what Universe?"...How are you different from last year?

the phillies aren't going nowhere,one thing they are good is to collect the tough pitchers in to their hobby style!!!

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December 12, 2013  09:41 PM ET

As long as they keep Ryan Howard, they will never win another pennant. How many times has he struck out as the last batter with men on base to win a game? He is definitely not a clutch player. And I love the Phillies even though I haven't lived in Philadelphia for 45 years!

December 13, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Can they squeeze one more year out of The Over The Hill Gang? Would love to see it happen!!!

December 13, 2013  01:08 PM ET

RUIN TOMORROW JR.

 
December 13, 2013  01:11 PM ET

The only players who should have stayed are Brown Asche Revere and Ruf and hamels.... need to fill catcher 2nd short and right. They have the young talent but they are stuffed full of guys who need a handicap ramp to get out of the dugout.. come on phils

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