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As this year’s baseball trade deadline nears, there are certain players that will be on the move and be sent from mediocre teams to contenders in hopes of being the final piece of the puzzle in terms of a championship squad. Here are your top five players that I expect to be on the move by July 31st’s deadline.
1. Cliff Lee SP Philadelphia Phillies
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A game into the second half of the season the Phillies were at 49-48 and in an awkward position. Were they contenders or pretenders? The next seven games might have made that decision easy for GM Ruben Amaro as the Phillies have lost all of them! They sit six games under .500 and nine and a half games out of both the NL East and Wildcard races. The Phillies do have several desirable players on their roster that certain contenders could use down the stretch. One of those men is starting pitcher Cliff Lee. The southpaw is once again having a stellar season as he boasts a 10-4 record with a 3.05 ERA, but was recently scratched from his Saturday start because of a stiff neck. Now any injury isn’t a good thing, but I don’t think a stiff neck will scare away any teams. Some possible landing spots for Lee are the Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers, Indians, and Cardinals as they are all reportedly looking for starting pitching. With Lee does come some baggage, and by baggage I mean $25 million owed to him over each of the next two seasons, and a club option for 2016 worth $27.5 million. In the end, I do think Lee gets dealt to the Red Sox because of how good their division-foe the Rays have gotten starting pitching wise. With the Rays having four great pitchers in Price, Moore, Hellickson, and Archer the Red Sox will be forced to keep up the pace, and the only way they can do that is by adding a pitcher of Lee’s caliber.
2. Alex Rios OF White Sox
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With the White Sox experiencing another disappointing season they will be sellers around the deadline. That means outfielder Alex Rios should be changing uniforms any day now. The Rangers are the favorite to land Rios as they are looking for a corner outfielder, especially if Nelson Cruz gets suspended for the Biogenesis scandal. The 32-year-old Rios is signed through 2014 with an option for 2015. His contract includes an escalator if he’s dealt, which pushes his 2014 salary to $13 million. His 2015 option would be worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. Rios could be the guy that pushes the Rangers over the top as a legitimate contender.
3. Michael Young 3B Philadelphia Phillies
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The Phillies third baseman could be part of their massive fire sale. Surprisingly, Texas seems to be very interested in a reunion. Young is having a decent year as he is hitting .278 with seven homers and 31 RBIs, but the Rangers could use a utility man. Joining Texas in the Michael Young sweepstakes are the Red Sox and Orioles. For the Orioles he would be the everyday DH along with relieving infielders to give them off days. On Boston it would seem Young would man third base primarily while Iglesias would slide over to short and replace the mediocre Stephen Drew. In the end I predict Young lands in Baltimore.
4. Jake Peavy SP White Sox
Peavy isn’t having the best season, but the fact that he is available makes teams interested in his services. Peavy’s pedigree alone is enough for contenders to want him. The Braves, now without their ace Tim Hudson, are certainly in the market for an ace-type pitcher like Peavy. The Orioles surprisingly are scouting Peavy’s games even though they have already acquired a starting pitcher in the last couple of weeks. I would go after Peavy with caution because of his mediocre 4.28 ERA this season and his career postseason ERA of 12.10. In the end the right hander will be dealt, and at this point I would guess Atlanta lands him.
5. Chase Ultey 2B Philadelphia Phillies
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The last cog in the fire sale in Philadelphia is Chase Utley. Now Utley is interesting because it appears he cannot handle playing second base for a whole season without getting hurt. This would mean an AL team would be ideal to go get him. I have yet to hear one rumor from this team, but the Yankees should be interested in Utley. They could DH him or play him at first and with Utley’s left-handed swing, Yankee stadium’s short left field porch would become his best friend. I have no sources on this rumor, but it would very interesting if in the next couple of days the bombers give Ruben Amaro a call.
So all in all it seems to me that the Phillies and White Sox will be the biggest sellers come Wednesday. The Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, Orioles, Rangers, and Red Sox all will be looking to improve their squads in hopes of making a championship run.
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The Philadelphia Phillies, who figure to be buyers, are getting hits on arguably their best pitcher. Teams are making offers for pitcher Cliff Lee, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The teams interested in Lee are unknown.
It isn't likely that a deal happens. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is not giving up hope on the season and plans on getting talent, rather than selling...
Cliff Lee's name is "definitely out" there in trade talks and the free-falling Phillies appear to at least be considering trading one of their aces.
However the price tag on the veteran lefthander is exteremely high leading some to speculate that ulatimately the Phillies may still still hold onto him.
"He's telling people it'll take you three or four...
The Red Sox are reportedly looking to add a starting pitcher before Wednesday’s MLB trade deadline passes, and one of the names that they’re supposedly interested in is Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. And while the Phils are open to parting ways with Lee, a former Cy Young winner, they’re reportedly not willing to do so without receiving a valuable young piece in return.
Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee has been scratched from Saturday night's start at Detroit because of a stiff neck.
Lee will be replaced by left-hander Raul Valdes, who has gone 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances this year.
Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA.
Detroit's Max Scherzer puts his 14-1 record on the line Saturday.
The Phillies are already without right...
Multiple teams are making a late run at the Philadelphia Phillies with offers for pitcher Cliff Lee as Wednesday's trade deadline nears baseball sources told ESPN.com Friday.
Although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to address the extent of other teams' interest in Lee he said he's keeping an open mind on Lee and numerous other Philadelphia players...
Remember how we said the Philadelphia Phillies' games against St. Louis and Detroit this week should determine their approach to the trade deadline?
Well, the Phillies are 0-4 on the road trip. They have lost six straight overall. They are nine games out in the National League East, 10 back in the second wild card.
Logic says the Phillies should reboot an aging roster by trading...
The Phillies will not give Cliff Lee away for some peanuts and a sack of potatoes. But I thought you knew that already. As we have seen Lee go from untouchable to maybe-touchable, one thing remains: Lee is a top pitcher. What else would you expect? CBS's Jon Heyman wrote...
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Friday opened the door to trading All-Star left-hander Cliff Lee.
Amaro said he owed it to the organization to entertain offers for Lee. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick citing baseball sources reported that teams are making a late push for the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner as the Wednesday nonwaiver deadline approaches...
According to Todd Zolecki of Phillies.com Cliff Lee has been scratched for Saturday night's start with a stiff neck. Raul Valdes will get a start. Fun times.
The Red Sox should trade their top prospect, infielder Xander Bogaerts, to get Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Trust me, Red Sox Nation wouldn't crumble.
Trading a can't-miss youngster for a starting pitcher who might help you win a World Series is hardly a radical concept, and the Red Sox know it.
Heck, they did it on Nov. 24, 2005, including two future stars, shortstop...
The Red Sox should trade their top prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts to get Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Trust me Red Sox Nation wouldn’t crumble.
Trading a can’t-miss youngster for a starting pitcher who might help you win a World Series is hardly a radical concept and the Red Sox know it.
Heck they did it on Nov. 24 2005 including two future stars shortstop Hanley Ramirez...
As many could have predicted when the news that Cliff Lee wouldn't be starting tonight broke, the Phillies lost what was easily one of the least competitive game in MLB this season, falling 10-0 to the Detroit Tigers. Raul Valdes, starting in place of the injured Lee, was in trouble...
Wikipedia.com The Phillies very well could trade Cliff Lee to the Boston Red Sox. The deal sounds like it hinges on whether or not the Red Sox are willing to trade their top prospect, Xander Bogaerts . John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that it's Bogarts or no deal:...
Philadelphia's assistant general manager says the Phillies haven't necessarily decided if they'll be buyers or sellers heading into next week's trade deadline.
Scott Proefrock spoke to reporters before Saturday night's game at Detroit. The Phillies are hoping to snap a season-worst six-game losing streak, and they entered the night trailing first-place Atlanta...
With the Phillies seeing a losing streak hit six games to sink the club five games under .500 and having them fall farther back in the NL East and wild card standings, the general consensus is the Phillies should start to recognize themselves as sellers with the trade deadline coming up in just a few more days. But as we have learned, the Phillies are indeed buyers it would seem...