Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro sat down for an interview with MLB Network today.
In the interview, Amaro laid out his detailed plan for the trade deadline. He discussed which players he planned to move and what he would need to receive in return.
Just kidding! It was the standard interview with a general manager in which nothing of note is revealed. Based on what Amaro said, you might not even realize that there was a trade deadline, let alone that the Phillies were one of the teams most heavily featured in rumors.
Here is some of the non-information that Amaro provided:
When asked if today’s call-up of third base prospect Cody Asche indicated that a trade of Michael Young was imminent:
“Not necessarily…Cody’s been swinging the bat.”
Are the Phillies planning to trade Cliff Lee?
“Very little chance of that happening.”
Will Jonathan Papelbon be traded?
“We want to accumulate as much pitching depth as possible…Papelbon will be a part of that.”
When pressed, Amaro wouldn’t even admit that the Phillies are not in contention for a playoff spot. He talked about having hope and there still being a possibility of making the playoffs. He said that in some conversations the Phillies are sellers, and in others they are buyers.
That sound you hear is Phillies fans cringing as they envision Amaro trading a prospect for a veteran middle reliever.
Honestly, I didn’t expect anything different from this interview. General managers are notoriously dishonest at the trade deadline, and why would we expect them to say anything that might hurt their negotiating position?
At this time of year, actions speak much louder than words. Even when we hear information from a seemingly reliable source (Phillies don’t want to trade Cliff Lee!) we get contradictory information (Cliff Lee is available!) an hour later. With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Phillies actions over the next day will reveal how they truly feel.