After dropping Tyson Gillies from their 40-man roster, The Philadelphia Phillies have decided to give the struggling outfielder his walking papers, releasing him from the franchise.
Since being moved to Triple A Lehigh Valley two weeks ago, Gillies had continued to play unimpressive baseball. He was averaging .214 over the course of 47 games and making it very apparent that the 25-year-old was never going to be a part of the Phillies’ plans going forward.
What makes the release of Gillies noteworthy is that he is now the second player whom the Phillies acquired in the infamous Cliff Lee deal to have not worked out. When Ruben Amaro Jr. sent Lee to the Seattle Mariners in 2009 after the pitcher helped the Phillies get to their second World Series in a row, it was meant as a way to add some prospects to the Phillies’ farm system. The deal brought Gillies in addition to pitchers J.C. Ramirez and Phillippe Aumont to the organization with a lot of promise and hope that they could all become key parts of the Phillies’ future.
It hasn’t necessarily worked out that way. Ramirez was let go in 2013 and the odds are that Aumont, who is currently pitching in Triple A, will never make it to the big leagues.
The release of Gillies is more than likely why the team has been talking to the agent of Grady Sizemore about bringing the just released outfielder to Philadelphia. He batted .216 with two home runs while he was with the Boston Red Sox, so he wouldn’t be a tremendous upgrade. But he would come cheap, and the Phillies have some serious issues in the outfield with little or no depth at the position, so he would be some help.
But what is even more worrisome is the thought that this a prelude to what fans can expect if Amaro Jr. is put in charge of rebuilding the team at some point. He pulled the trigger on the Lee trade, and it has blown up in his face quite spectacularly. Is this what we can expect in the future? Time will tell.