CINCINNATI — The Phillies conceded another mistake Friday when outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster.
Gillies, 25, will remain in the organization. This designation was a formality; Gillies was never close to reaching the majors. He was one of three players acquired in December 2009 from Seattle for Cliff Lee.
The Lee trade, to this point, is a total failure. Righthander J.C. Ramirez lasted 18 games in the majors with a 7.50 ERA before being jettisoned. Phillippe Aumont returned for two games earlier in the week and permitted four runs. The 25-year-old righthander's career ERA is 4.79, and he has not yet overcome mental and mechanical shortcomings.
Gillies, who was billed by assistant general manager Benny Looper as "a high-energy guy that gets on base and steals bases" at the time of the trade, has disappointed. Looper came from Seattle's system, and the Phillies cited his knowledge as important in determining which prospects to acquire.