ZWR sources around the league-- and in the Phils front office-- indicate that the club may longer be interested in unloading veterans for prospects or salary relief now that they're only 7.5 games back in the division. In fact, there's an evolving consensus that general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. may even view the Fightins as buyers. Below is some evidence ZWR's spies have cobbled together, in the form communications between the Phils and other front offices...
To: Amaro, Ruben
From: Daniels, Jon
cc: Proefrock, Scott
Ruben, just wanted to check in again. Listen, I don't want to do this, but I'd be willing to go Profar if you eat the rest of Cliff's salary this season. Talked to agent, they'd be a go with plan. Call me.
Amaro's response was classic.
From: Ruben Amaro, Jr.
cc: RyanN@texasrangers.com, BushGW@gmail.com, BushJebediah@hotmail.com, Walker@TexasRanger.net, email@example.com
Amaro wasn't done there, either. Also earlier this week, the Yankees reached out to the Phils:
Then mid-day yesterday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington reached out via Facetime to Ruben's iPhone 6 prototype. Apparently the Boston executive was interested in acquiring, "Jonathan Papelbon, Michael Young and 'possibly lots of others, because after all we have money to burn.'"
But before Cherington could finish speaking, Amaro visually fired back and dismissed the rival GM with a double-tap of his home button, switching back to Candy Crush level 346.
But (allegedly) Ruben wasn't quite finished. ZWR beltway spies have indicated that a strange transmission appeared on Nationals GM Mike Rizzo's fax machine this morning.
The time stamp was after midnight last night:
Huh. Things are getting interesting, folks! Will the Phillies be buyers or sellers?!
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