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Phils Will Learn The Cost of Jon Lieber

Like a kid watching other kids open Christmas presents, the Phillies will sit and wait until 64 players have been picked in Tuesday's draft until they get to make their first pick. That's because a plan to essentially swap first round picks didn't work out the way the Phillies had hoped and they're caught without a first round pick - again.

Signing Jon Lieber was not a bad move. Offering arbitration to Placido Polanco was not a bad move. Had everything fallen into place, the Phillies would have forfeited their first round pick - 17th overall - to the Yankees for signing Lieber, but would have gotten a first round pick from another club when Polanco rejected arbitration and signed elsewhere. Instead, teams backed off of giving up a... Recommended Stories

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