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Phillies | Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon not on the block

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. insists that he's not looking to trade SP Cliff Lee or RP Jonathan Papelbon as the trade deadline approaches. "Absolutely not, because these are guys I'd be better off having on my club than not," Amaro said. "Who am I going to replace these guys with to win a championship? These are championship-caliber players. If we think about moving these guys, then I better be getting someone of better or equal value and I just don't see that happening." 2B Chase Utley, 3B Michael Young and C Carlos Ruiz are all in the final year of their contracts and are candidates to be moved, as well.

Fantasy Tip: Lee and Papelbon's values wouldn't change all that much if they were dealt; they're both top-notch pitchers. The bigger question would be who might close in Philly if Papelbon leaves. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo would be the primary candidates, but a committee setup would be very possible.

2013-06-20 14:49:45 | Source: The Associated Press

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