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:
PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
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.