WASHINGTON - There will be no Manny Ramirez or Ron Mahay or Jack Taschner or John Grabow in a Phillies uniform this weekend in St. Louis.
The Phillies had said for some time that they hoped to add a lefthanded relief pitcher and a righthanded bat before yesterday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, but they fell short on both fronts.
They instead came closest in a failed three-team trade that would have landed them a No. 4-type starter who apparently would have bumped someone from the rotation. But who? Brett Myers, who threw seven shutout innings Tuesday? Joe Blanton, who has made just two starts for his new team? Certainly not Cole Hamels or Jamie Moyer.
But those scenarios are moot for the moment because general manager Pat Gillick said that starter was unlikely to clear waivers, which would be required for the Phillies to trade for him before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.
"We got agreement from one club, and they were trying to get agreement on players from the other club," Gillick said before last night's game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
The Phillies had a good feeling that they would be able to pull off that trade, Gillick said. He said they also had a good feeling at one point that they could acquire Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox. Ramirez instead went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team trade that involved the Pittsburgh Pirates. Interestingly, the Phillies will face Ramirez eight times in their final 54 games.
"Yeah, we were talking about it," Gillick said of a Ramirez trade. "We were involved. We couldn't get where they wanted to be, and we couldn't get where we wanted to be."
Did the Pirates seek too much from the Phillies?
"We could please other clubs," Gillick said. "It's just that we've got to please our club a little bit. We think we know what the value of those players are. Not only the players on one side of the fence, but on our side of the fence. You have to really evaluate that, and we just thought maybe that was a little too rich of an ask for us."
The asking price for lefthanded relievers also appeared pretty steep because lefthander Arthur Rhodes was the only one moved. The Florida Marlins acquired him from the Seattle Mariners.
Gillick said he expected few lefthanded relief pitchers to clear waivers this month, which could mean this is the team the Phillies carry into September.
"We're happy with the position players," Gillick said. "I think the pitching is always a concern. If our position players perform as we anticipate or have performed in the past, offensively and defensively we should have no problem. We've got to be more consistent from a pitching standpoint and an offensive standpoint just to maintain some sort of consistency."