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Great Moments in Trade Rumors: Phillies-Diamondbacks edition

Yesterday Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported that the Diamondbacks and Phillies were discussing a Justin Upton for Cliff Lee trade:

Phillies and Diamondbacks are discussing Justin Upton for Cliff Lee. Money coming to AZ would also be involved.

— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) December 4, 2012

It was almost immediately shot down by Ruben Amaro. Later in the evening, Gomez explained the basis of his report:

Was discussed internally on 1 side. “@funkaty620: @pedrogomezespn i know u know@dougandwolf620 saying this is ridiculous. i believe u

— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) December 5, 2012

If “it was discussed internally on one side” is what constitutes a trade rumor these days, the field of trade rumor reporting is about to get a lot more difficult. Certainly busier.