The Phillies Traded a Pitcher for Nothing. Why?

Cisco hurling for the Reading Phillies in 2011 Photograph by Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Photo

On Sunday, Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, deep in the throes of slimming down his spring training roster, agreed to send 25 year-old right-handed pitcher Mike Cisco—the team’s 36th round draft pick from 2008—to the Los Angeles Angels. In return the club received nothing: no fresh-faced prospects, no players-to-be-named-later, and no money.

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