Trade Deadline: Cliff Lee reportedly will stay with Phillies
|07.31.13 at 11:42 am ET|
Cliff Lee apparently is no longer the best pitcher on the trade market, as a report from Jim Bowden of ESPN says the left-hander will be staying in Philadelphia.
Lee, who is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA, is signed through 2015 and set to make around $70 million over the next two seasons. Heyman’s report indicated that a team would need to pay for all of Lee’s $70 million as well as give up at least two top prospects.
‘¢ With Peavy already dealt and Lee’s asking price likely too high for most teams, Bud Norris of the Astros becomes one of the most interesting pitchers to watch as the deadline approaches. Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan reported that Norris is very likely to be dealt before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, and that Pittsburgh appears to be the likely landing spot. Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle agreed, tweeting ‘all signs pointing toward Norris being traded before the deadline.’
Passan also reported that while the Pirates are unlikely to trade top center fielder prospect Gregory Polanco or 6-foot-7 pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who earlier was rumored to be the centerpiece of a deal for Norris by Passan. Brian McTaggart, an Astros beat writer for MLB.com, reported that three teams including the Orioles could be involved in talks for Norris.
‘¢ It looks as if the Cubs will be trading another outfielder, but it is yet to be seen which one they will deal between Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Pirates are the most likely location for either player, but that DeJesus is the more likely to be moved. A player like Schierholtz would be more likely to be moved than Cubs relievers Kevin Gregg or James Russell, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
Schierholtz, who is under team control for 2014 as an arbitration-eligible player, is batting .272 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs. DeJesus, who is 33 years old and has a club option for 2014, is batting .268 with six homers and 24 RBIs.
The Cubs won’t trade Jeff Samardzija at the deadline, according to Heyman. Chicago reportedly was looking for a package of top-tier prospects for the 28-year-old starter, but they now will wait until the winter to try to sign him to a long-term contract or trade him. Samardzija is 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA.
‘¢ The Athletics, who also were reported to be going after Peavy, announced a trade of their own Tuesday night, when they sent Grant Green to the Angels in return for Alberto Callaspo. Callaspo, who has played second and third base in his career, likely will be playing mostly second for the Athletics. He is batting .252/.324/.347 with five homers and 36 RBIs.
‘¢ The Mariners reportedly have made Michael Morse very available, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The 31-year-old outfielder, who can also play first base, just recently returned after missing 31 games with a quad injury. He is batting .246 with 11 home runs in 57 games.
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