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Big decisions await Phillies with Rule 5 ahead

Good morning! Here’s what’s going on:

  • The Phillies on Tuesday released Matt Harrison, who never pitched an inning for them because of back issues but was part of the Cole Hamels trade.

The move freed up a 40-man roster spot, necessary as the Phils are trying to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Expect a few more moves before the Friday protection deadline.

It’s a decent fit for both teams, with the Sox filling holes at catcher and center field while also getting some good pitching. The Phils would get an ace pitcher for a few seasons.

Now, let me say that the rebuilding Phils shouldn’t simply make this kind of deal. It’s too many prospects for one catch. But hey, fun to project, right?

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