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December 16, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Cliff Lee deal unlikely to happen today: prospect rumored to have failed physical not a Mariner

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Good morning to all of you out there, frantically holding your breath on this Cliff Lee deal. The Associated Press just moved a story quoting Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. stating that the three-team trade might not get finalized until tomorrow.
This is significant, since it’s apparently one of Amaro’s prospects who flunked a physical and is holding up this deal.
I’m told that Phillippe Aumont passed his physical.
On the Phillies’ side, outfielder Michael Taylor (photo credit: AP) had elbow issues recently. They called it an “elbow strain” and it apparently sidelined him while he was playing in the Mexican Winter League. Taylor wrote a blog from Mexico and mentioned in an Oct. 27 post:
A minor elbow strain has kept me out of the line-up for the past 10 days but I will return sometime this week and I am looking forward to joining a line up that is hot right now. Double digit runs and hits our past two contests have our spirits up after a prior rough week in which we lost games in almost every way imaginable.
Taylor also suffered an oblique muscle injury in August that wound up ending his season a little early. The season ended in early September, so I don’t want to overstate things. He did wind up playing in Mexico after sitting out the 10 days with his elbow problem.
Don’t know whether he is the holdup here. But let’s remember, the Blue Jays have a side deal with the Oakland A’s ready to go, in which they plan to flip Taylor to that team for third baseman Brett Wallace.
Amaro says he sees the deal going through. That chance increases greatly if the guy who flunked insn’t Aumont or pitcher Kyle Drabek, two key components of this trade.
Going to be a long day, I’m sure.

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