A question to ask yourself when reading a report is, "does this report benefit either party involved?" If the answer to that question is "yes" then there is a chance the report could be used as a leverage tactic.
With that in mind, that makes the next report a little interesting.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Phillies are not giving clear signs on their plans for the trade deadline. Olney writes, "some teams that have dealt with the Phillies over the past week find it difficult to gain any kind of traction in conversation with Philadelphia, and they're not sure if the team is committed to moving some of their veterans."
Could this be a giant bluff from Amaro? Sure. But I, for one, am a bit worried that he won't trade away guys like Antonio Bastardo and Marlon Byrd. It makes far too much sense to move both of those guys.
However, it should be noted Amaro is in a tough spot. Everyone and their mother knows the Phillies are going to be sellers so why would they offer Amaro a fair deal days before the deadline when they could play a game of chicken and force Amaro's hand. Holding out for a fair deal could be the right move but it could also backfire. It is a delicate situation.
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