"Absolutely not, because these are guys I'd be better off having on my club than not," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told The Associated Press. "Who am I going to replace these guys with to win a championship? These are championship-caliber players. If we think about moving these guys, then I better be getting someone of better or equal value and I just don't see that happening."
Lee is 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA. The 34-year-old lefty is signed for two more years at $25 million per plus a vesting option for 2016. He's already been traded three times, including twice before the deadline.
Papelbon began the year 13 for 13 in save tries before blowing two chances during a three-game series against defending NL East champion Washington. He's signed for two more years at $13 million per plus a vesting option for 2016.
Amaro and other GMs in similar situations non-contending clubs with high-priced veterans have to make a tough decision before July 31. Will they be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?