It doesn't look like Luke Gregerson will be a member of the San Diego Padres after the deadline. As the trade deadline approaches, teams are becoming more and more interested in the 29-year old right-hander.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies and Padres have "talked a lot" about a deal that would send Gregerson and an outfielder to the Phillies for a "package of young players." Stark says that the Phillies are trying to make a deal that wouldn't require giving up "their most advanced prospects."
The Tigers are also very interested in Gregerson. This isn't a one team race, so expect the Phillies to have a battle for Gregerson, if they really do want to acquire him. One exec told Stark this about the Phillies:
"They've never said they felt like they had no chance this year, but they're more focused on building their team for next year and beyond. They've never shown a lot of interest in players who can be free agents after this season"
It doesn't look like a deal involving Gregerson is close, but he has plenty of suitors. Their are some good relief pitchers available, but not a lot of them. On the year, Gregerson is 4-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 37/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. As the trade deadline gets closer, expect more and more teams to covet the right-hander.
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