The Phillies are free-phallin.
With their five-year playoff run all but over, sitting in last place in the National League East and 16 1/2 games out of first place after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, the “For Sale” sign has gone up at Citizens Bank Park.
An aging Phillies team that needs to get younger fast is looking to rid itself of some of its older talent with pitcher Cliff Lee the most notable player probably on the way out.
According to multiple reports, the Phillies are telling teams that they’re willing to part with their 33-year-old left hander, who didn’t win his first game this season until his 14th start of the year.
Lee is currently 1-6 with a 3.95 earned-run average.
The Texas Rangers are thought to be the front-runner to get Lee, who is not the only player who might be playing in a different area code by Tuesday.
Centrefielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton are also rumoured to be up for grabs.
Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay, who got beat by the Braves on Sunday, acknowledged that changes are likely afoot.
“It’s nothing we aren’t all responsible for,” Halladay told reporters. “It’s not easy to swallow, but we’ve kind of put ourselves in this situation and sometimes you have to take it like a man.”