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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

August 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Former Mariners prospect Tyson Gillies arrested on drug charge

Programming note: I’m taking a few vacation days while the Mariners are on the road. I may blog intermittently, but for the most part I’ll be out of commission until the middle of next week.

Update 1 p.m.: Here’s a story from the Philadelphia Inquirer with a lot more details.

A disturbing story is just breaking — Tyson Gillies, whom the Mariners traded to the Phillies last December in the Cliff Lee deal, was arrested in Clearwater, Florida, early this morning, charged with felony cocaine possession.

The Philadelphia Daily News has the story, with confirmation from the Pinellas County Sheriff Department. The St. Petersburg Times was the first to report the arrest.

The Mariners traded Gillies along with pitchers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez to the Phillies for Lee. They then flipped Lee to the Rangers in early July for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson. Lueke has had his own legal issues.

Gillies, 21, was in Class A Clearwater (Gulf Coast League) on an injury rehab assignment, having battled a hamstring injury much of this season. He hit .238 in AA for Reading in just 26 games.

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