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07/08/08 11:43 PM ET
Phillies deny Myers wants to be traded
Club refutes former closer wants to be dealt out of Philadelphia
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle shot down a published report that suggested Brett Myers has requested a trade. Former Phillies closer Ricky Bottalico, now a television analyst for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was quoted in the story, saying, "I know for a fact that he wants to be traded. Brett wants to be a closer, and he's not closing in Philadelphia. He's banking on getting outta there. You know it as well as I do that he doesn't want to be with the Phillies anymore. He's made that perfectly clear." The story, which appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times, had a contained a denial from Myers and Phillies management. Add Arbuckle to that list. "He doesn't want to be traded," Arbuckle said. "I don't know where all of that came from. He's always made it clear that he likes it here. It's home now. This is the only organization he's known. That was much ado about nothing. He's given us no indication that he wants to be traded." After receiving a taste of closing last season, Myers stated his preference to remain in the role. He shifted back to the rotation after Philadelphia dealt for Brad Lidge, and has admitted to having trouble adjusting. His struggles led to his demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Lidge's three-year contract extension has shut the door on Myers closing for the Phillies. Myers said after his start Monday -- he'll make a third for Double-A Reading on Saturday -- that he has felt better about his fastball command, and Arbuckle confirmed that. "The reports were very positive," he said. "They saw good velocity and more command. Most importantly, he was more relaxed. He used his fastball considerably more. It was a good outing to build on." To build on toward being a starter, that is. "The trade stuff just came out of nowhere," Arbuckle said. "Sometimes, you're paid well to do a job, and sometimes you do what's best for the team. That has to do with mindset. It's not about one guy. It's about 24 others."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.