Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked to talk about the players the team received for Cliff Lee. "We felt like we received three very, very good prospects," he said. "People talk about Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies, but (assistant GM and former Seattle assistant) Benny Looper really loves J.C. Ramirez and talks about him all the time. We feel like we’ve got two good, quality arms that could pitch in the rotation at the Major League level. In Gillies, he’s got a chance to be a pretty special outfielder. He's a high-energy guy with a lot of tools who is still learning his abilities."
Amaro was then asked to talk about the players they traded away. "It’s tough to part with premium type pitching prospects, guys like Kyle (Drabek). But I tell you what, Travis d’Arnaud ... outstanding catching prospects are hard to come by. There were a lot of guys in our system that weren’t happy with me moving him in particular. Anytime you move that kind of talent, and even in the Cliff Lee deal, you move guys like (Carlos) Carrasco and (Lou) Marson and (Jason) Donald and (Jason) Knapp, that’s a lot of talent to move out of your system in a short period of time."
Happ as reliever: I asked Amaro if the Phillies have finally closed the book on J.A. Happ as a reliever. "I think he proved to us that he’s best suited for being in the rotation," he said. "I think he learned a lot last season. I think Charlie (Manuel) felt and Dubes (pitching coach Rich Dubee) felt that putting him in the bullpen during the playoffs was the best bet with the match-ups that we had, but for me, J.A.’s got a job as one of our starters and it’s his job to lose. He’s a conscientious guy and doesn’t take things for granted, and will be very well prepared for sure."
Pedro: Asked if the Phillies have kept the lines of communication open with Pedro Martinez: "We’ve kept in contact with Pedro and we’ll continue to do so," he said. "Right now, his expectation and our expectations haven’t matched up. He was absolutely fantastic for us. He's a tremendous professional, and if there was an opportunity down the road, or a need, you never know what can happen."Notes: The Phillies are still hunting last-minute additions for the bullpen. According to Jayson Stark, the Phillies are hoping to land Alan Embree and Ron Mahay on minor league deals, but the veteran lefties are holding out for big league deals. Also, the Red Sox, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Rockies watched Oscar Villarreal throw this week, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. ... Right-hander Steven Register, who pitched two innings for the Phillies last season, has signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. Elsewhere, Tyler Walker has signed on with the Nationals.