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Phils Trade Minor League Hurler Cisco to Angels


Cisco with Reading in 2011, Photo- Jay Floyd

PN’s Jay Floyd has learned that the Phillies have traded righty minor league hurler Michael Cisco to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The 25-year-old was originally selected in the 36th round of the 2008 draft and is the grandson of former Phillies pitching coach Galen Cisco.

Combined over his last two seasons with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cisco tallied a 13-3 record along with six saves and a 1.70 ERA in 69 outings, all in relief.

*Update*- According to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phils obtain no compensation in the deal. Also, take a look at details on today’s minor league releases by clicking here.




  1. Scotch Man

    March 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    For Casious Considerations


  3. mk

    March 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Isn’t that basically the same as being released?

  4. George

    March 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    This one sounds strange to me. They let a guy with a 13-3 W/L and 1.70 ERA go for nothing? I think there’s probably some misinformation here. Either that, or some compromising photos.

    • Devin

      March 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      It’s not that strange: he’s a good player but he’s getting older and he had no chance of fighting through the bullpen logjam in Philly. Somebody in the front office likes him and wanted to send him some place where he’d have a chance to make the majors.

      • George

        March 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        It’s still strange. Just because a player is older–and 25 isn’t all that old–and there’s a log jam doesn’t mean you can’t get something in return. Do ALL the other teams out there have logjams in their bullpens? Is there no team somewhere else that doesn’t have a surplus somewhere that they’d like to straighten out?

        Maybe someone does like Cisco, but likes and dislikes don’t usually interfere with sound business practices. (I’ll take that back if it comes ouit that the Phils proposed a trade but had no takers among the 29 other teams.

      • Devin

        March 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        How much value do you think a player whose ceiling is “middle reliever” can really have? My guess is that they realized the return they could get for him wasn’t worth the effort of finding it. And 25 is pretty old for a minor league pitcher.

      • George

        March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

        I’ll agree that a middle reliever doesn’t have much value, but he should have more value than $0. And maybe 25 is old, but the Phils themselves have an even older middle reliever named Valdes fighting for a job right now. If your argument is that it wasn’t worth the effort of finding a return, then somebody is being pretty darned lazy. A mere intern could have been assigned to make the phone calls.

    • Matt

      March 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      I am not positive on this, but I bet Amaro realized releasing him would’ve allowed a competitor to pick him up and use him. Instead, he got him into the AL West where he would never have to see him pitch. I think it was a better option than a release and having the Nationals, Mets, or Marlins get him. Thoughts?

      • hk

        March 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        If he thought the pitcher was good enough that he was afraid of the Nationals, Mets or Marlins (or Braves for that matter) claiming him, why would he release him or give him away in the first place?

  5. William Rennick

    March 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    How can it be considered a trade if there’s no compensation in return?

  6. bacardipr

    March 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Things that make you go Hmmmm…Im trade you this but i get and dont want anything in return…Then its not a trade?

  7. Rabbi

    March 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Read the tea leaves, people. The compensation is Ender Inciarte!. The Phils really like this kid, but they won’t be able to keep him on the 25-man roster all year, especially after Delmon Young gets off the DL. So, RAJ is making a trade for him now, so he loses his “Rule 5” designation.

    • hk

      March 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Didn’t they draft Inciarte from the Diamondbacks?

    • Jay Floyd

      March 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Did you mean “Smoke the tea leaves”, @Rabbi?

      Nothing you said applies. Wrong team and the rules don’t work that way. Nice try though.

  8. Lefty

    March 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I don’t care what his record is. He could be 3-13 with a 7.10 ERA, you just don’t do give a player to another team, you release him, and let the process take care of itself.

    Jay are you sure the sources are credible? Did you or anyone else hear an explanation from the FO? Because I’d hate to have this silly report based on one Salisbury tweet that anyone could hack/fake. I haven’t the time to look very hard but in my first glance at the headlines, I don’t even see this report on CSN Philly where Salisbury works. Maybe someone can help an old man out, find it and post a link? It’s just hard to believe.

    • Lefty

      March 18, 2013 at 6:15 am

      To be clear, I’ve seen it on MLBTR and other places, I meant a link to CSN Philly,, or the Phillies site.

    • Jay Floyd

      March 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

      The entire inquiry here seems silly, Lefty. I wouldn’t post any bit of news if a source was not credible. Also, to suggest that Salisbury’s Twitter was hacked to post partially copied details of a minor league trade and no one, including Salisbury, noticed it is somewhat outrageous.

      You’re likely to not hear about this from the front office because, to be honest, how many fans or media actually know about or care greatly about Mike Cisco?

      • Lefty

        March 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

        Sorry Jay, I meant no offense to you.

        It’s just one of those things that you read and first reaction is, -this can’t be real. I didn’t mean to discredit you man, you know how much I’ve enjoyed your work over the years.

  9. Jay Floyd

    March 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Yo, @lefty…no real offense taken. Was just pointing out it all seemed silly.

    I appreciate the support and all that for sure.

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