Phillies listening to trade offers

John Perrotto, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies are letting teams know that anybody on their roster is available in potential trades.
A source with direct knowledge of the situations told The Sports Xchange on Tuesday morning that the Phillies are willing to listen to offers for their top two starting pitchers -- left-handers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee -- along with closer Jonathan Papelbon and right fielder Domonic Brown, who was selected to the All-Star Game this year.
The Phillies went 73-89 this past season, finishing fourth in the National League East. They have missed the postseason each of the last two years after winning five consecutive division titles.
"I wouldn't call it a teardown or a rebuilding," the source said at baseball's Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. "It's more of a retooling or reshaping. When you lose 89 games, you can't stand pat."
The source also said the Phillies are not willing to absorb any parts of the contract of either Hamels or Lee in trade but might be willing to pay part of Paplebon's contract.
Hamels has six guaranteed years and $132.5 million remaining on his contract. Lee is owed at least $62.5 million over the next two years, which includes a $12.5-million buyout on a $27.5-million club option for 2016. Papelbon is under contract for at least two more years for a total of $26 million.
Brown will likely make close to the $500,000 minimum salary next season as he is not eligible for arbitration until 2015.

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