Here's Ruben Amaro a few minutes ago on the rumors that talks for Roy Halladay are intensifying between the Phillies and Blue Jays: "I don't think there is any likeliness (of a big trade happening)…there is nothing likely. How about that?"

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Reliever Brandon Lyon signed with Houston last night for a reported three years, $15 million.  The righthander was a prime Phillies' target to improve the bullpen, but a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations said that talks between the sides never gained any momentum at all.  Amaro had a different take today, saying, "We were in pretty deep."