UPDATE of the UPDATEESPN.com is reporting that the trade is trying to be reworked by the principals. Manny Delcarmen could replace Mota. Or the Phillies could drop out and the Reds would jump in and send Austin Kearns to Cleveland. The Phillies would also prefer Rafael Betancourt to Arthur Rhodes. And I would prefer to live in stately Wayne Manor rather than a 1-bedroom apartment.
And the Boston Globe reports that Mota didn't "flunk" as much as just didn't meet Cleveland's standards. Similar to how Greg Vaughn wasn't considered healthy enough by the Yankees a few years back.
Link through Baseball Musings.