Ruben Amaro waves the white flag: Michael Young, others available


It was probably a blessing in disguise that the Tigers so thoroughly embarrassed the Phillies this weekend. Because it seems to have beaten all of the delusion out of Ruben Amaro regarding the Phillies shot at contention:

Michael Young seems like a no-brainer. His versatility, such that it is, is useful to people and it’s not like sending him away removes some essential cog from an epic core. The bigger question is whether Cliff Lee is on the block.  I feel like he should be. But I also feel like Amaro has enough ninja instincts left to shop him quietly if he’s going to shop him at all.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.