Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was on with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday and he was asked about Upton, less than 24 hours before he was traded. Amaro sounded less than thrilled about what he heard about Upton and did not seem upset that the Phillies were not in the running. That did not stop fans from overreacting yesterday when the trade went down especially because Upton plays a position of need for the Phillies.
Phillies beat writer David Murphy writes today that the general manager might have been playing coy on the airwaves because the team actually was interested in the outfielder.
“The Phillies did look into Justin Upton, talking to D-backs general manager Kevin Towers on more than one occasion about a potential trade. Alas, Amaro said, ‘We just didn't really see a fit.’”
I think the “we didn’t see a fit” means “we didn’t have good enough players to acquire him.” Upton fits some of the Phillies needs because he is a corner outfielder who can run, hits from the right side, and he hits for power. I don’t think the Phillies had enough talent to pry Upton away from Arizona without parting with someone like Cliff Lee.
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