As Cliff Lee prepares to make his first start with the Rangers tonight, the rest of baseball is calculating their next move in a market without the hurler. But there’s still plenty of strong players left around the league, so it’ll be interesting to see where the chips fall in the next few weeks before the big non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Here’s a look at some of the names and teams being mentioned on Saturday:
— Several teams remain interested in Arizona’s Dan Haren
as another potential impact starting pitcher. Fox Sports
reported that multiple teams including the Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels and Yankees all had scouts in town for last night’s match-up between Haren and Ricky Nolasco
, though exactly who the scouts were watching is unclear.
— The San Francisco Chronicle
reported on Saturday that the A’s don’t plan on being very active at this year’s Trade Deadline, according to GM Billy Beane. The team could still find a market for hurler Ben Sheets, but the club isn’t sure if he’s built up enough value to this point.
— When Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is looking for pieces to add at the deadline, he’ll keep an eye out for a “personality,” according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch
. While Mozeliak is happy with the clubhouse chemistry as is, he said adding another energetic vibe to the club could only help. The Cardinals have been interested in the possibility of adding a starting pitcher and a middle infielder before the deadline.
— Bailey Stephens