Deadline Dealings: Swing And A Miss

The Phillies have struck out in the deadline sweepstakes, with no deals to announce. It wasn't for a lack of trying though and the good news is that the rest of the NL East didn't do anything too significant, either.

There is always the chance that there is some under the radar deal that has been submitted to the commissioner, but hasn't yet been announced. Having said that, it doesn't appear that the Phillies have been able to do anything to improve their club and the deadline passed this afternoon without any key upgrades in the NL East.

The only real move to report is Arthur Rhodes coming to the Marlins to give them some left-handed help in the bullpen. Florida gave up 22 year old right-hander Gaby Hernandez to get Rhodes from the Mariners. The Phillies didn't have much interest in Rhodes, although they did scout his last outing. They opted instead to go after the likes of Ron Mahay from the Kansas City Royals and believed that they actually had him the other day in exchange for Jason Donald. That move was nixed by Kansas City and was never rekindled, even though the Royals ultimately didn't find a better offer that they could pull a trigger on. Atlanta hung on to Will Ohman and Pittsburgh still has John Grabow, two other left-handers that the Phillies were interested in picking up for their bullpen.

The ultimate prize, Manny Ramirez, wound up in Los Angeles. The Red Sox worked most of the day on a three-team deal with Florida and Pittsburgh, but ultimately, it wound up being the Pirates and Dodgers that made the deal work. Initially, it was reported that the Pirates had pulled out and had turned around and sent outfielder Jason Bay to the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers. As the deadline officially passed, only the folks at the commissioner's office knew if there had in fact been any deals finalized and nothing was announced until after the deadline, but the deal was in to the commissioner's office before the stroke of 4:00.

The second biggest deal of the day was one of those that nobody had heard of until it happens - see, we told you to watch for one of those - and it sent Ken Griffey, Jr. to the Chicago White Sox for a pair of outfielders. Griffey waived his no-trade clause to head to Chicago. Griffey had been rumored to be on the market, but those rumors were seemingly dead over the past week or ten days and caught most people by surprise when the deal was announced.

For now, the Phillies will have to be happy with looking at J.A. Happ as a second lefty out of the bullpen and they'll have to hope that their bench is strong enough as it is. There is also no new starter to put into the rotation, other than Joe Blanton, who was acquired two weeks ago and has struggled in both starts that he's made for the Phillies. There is always the chance that the Phillies could make a waiver-wire deal, which would require all the players involved passing through waivers for the deal to get done and many of those deals wind up being blocked by competing teams.



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