Brett Myers Will Not Be Returning to the Philadelphia Phillies Next Season

November 6, 2009 by  
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In a meeting today, Ruben Amaro Jr. informed Brett Myers that they would not attempt to renegotiate.

Amaro did not give a reason as to why he will not renew Myers’ contract, though the $12 million in cap space may be a factor.

Myers said that he felt it coming and is not as disappointed as he expected.

Myers is willing to negotiate to be a starter or reliever with a new team.

Myers, a top choice in the 1999 draft, has been disappointing in his big league career, posting a 4.40 ERA and a 73-63 record in his career. However, he has had notable moments as a Phillie, posting three RBI and getting the win in Game Two of the 2008 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Myers is also infamous for some of his wild behavior, including beating his wife and acting recklessly when intoxicated.

Myers jokingly said that if or when he returns to play against the Phillies, he wants to be treated as harshly as possible.

This move leaves the Phillies with plenty of money to sign a new starting pitcher, some new relief pitchers, a few bench tools, or possibly a new third baseman if they do not exercise their option on Pedro Feliz.

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Phillies and Indians Agree to Trade Terms For Cliff Lee

July 29, 2009 by  
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The Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms this afternoon that will send Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for prospects. The prospects include Jason Donald, Lou Marson, Carlos Carrasco, and Jason Knapp.

Cliff Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner, has had a good year so far, posting a 3.14 ERA, a 7-9 record, and 107 strikeouts. However, these numbers are disappointing after last year’s award-winning season.

One aspect that makes the trade odd is that Ben Francisco was included in the deal. The Phillies have a solid bench and enough utility players, which may cause speculation that Ruben Amaro Jr. is still going to try and acquire Roy Halladay. 

This trade marks the first pitcher to go in the intense 72 hours before the trade deadline. The moves that are made may determine what happens when October comes around.


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