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Merchan For Mateo: Analysis

Anytime you have to assign a guy to AA because your AAA team plays in Canada and he's not allowed to leave the states, that's a problem. Such is the case with Julio Mateo, who came to the Phillies from the Seattle Mariners.

The Phillies are apparently willing to deal with what the Seattle Mariners weren't. In May, Julio Mateo didn't show up for a game against the Yankees, but he did have a good excuse. He had been arrested on domestic abuse charges and was unable to get to the stadium. The allegations are pretty ugly; punching, biting and choking his wife. In all fairness, Mateo insists that it didn't happen and that...

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