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In need of a starter for Saturday’s game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cryptically said Tuesday: “I think we we know exactly what we’re going to do.” Perhaps a starter, like Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie or Roy Oswalt is headed to Philadelphia? The club optioned Kyle Kendrick to the Minor Leagues that same day, and later that night, veteran Jamie Moyer sustained an injury that will likely put him on the disabled list, so starting pitching is needed in Philly.
In a rather surprising All-Star break move, the Blue Jays in essence acquired young shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Braves in exchange for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes also is going to Toronto, with Minor League lefty Tim Collins and Minor League infielder Tyler Pastornicky migrating to Atlanta’s organization.
All is quiet on the Braves trade front. But one of their former pitchers could change the landscape of the National League East if the Yankees acquire Cliff Lee.
If they add Lee to their rotation, the Yankees are expected to attempt to trade Javier Vazquez. This morning a National League scout said the buzz he’s hearing among his peers is that Vazquez could be dealt to the Phillies in exchange for Jayson Werth.
Vazquez enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his career in Atlanta last year and continued his success against National League opponents by going 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in four Interleague starts for the Yankees this year.
But with Chase Utley sidelined until at least the latter portion of August, the Phillies may not feel comfortable moving one of their top offensive threats simply to attempt to improve their shaky rotation.
The Braves don’t appear to have much interest in Corey Hart and they definitely won’t be dealing Mike Minor or any of their top young pitching prospects unless they gain a much more attractive return than Hart, who would only be under team control through the end of the 2011 season.
Once the Braves get a better feel about how productive Jason Heyward and Nate McLouth could be when they return from the disabled list, they’ll determine whether they want to add a starter or a bench player to their offensive mix before the July 31 trade deadline.
– Mark Bowman
The Marlins front office is weighing which direction to go by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The club is tinkering with being out of realistic playoff contention. Already there are internal rumblings about moving the squad in a different direction. The Marlins would like to get more athletic and become better defensively. To do so, they may wind up reshaping a number of core pieces.
If trades are on the horizon, a name to keep an eye on is Leo Nunez.
With 18 saves in 23 attempts, Nunez impressed scouts in Atlanta on July 4 with the way he attacked the zone. The 26-year-old brought his fastball in at 97 mph, and the team wants him to rely more on the fastball than tossing too many changeups. Nunez was equally impressive on Monday, collecting a save at Dodger Stadium.
Now the Marlins are also in the market for bullpen help. So parting with their best reliever wouldn’t help the team’s chances in 2010. But if the focus is improving in 2011 and beyond, another team may be willing to overpay for Nunez.
The right-hander turns 27 in August, and he’s would be entering his second season of arbitration. He is making $2 million this year, and traditionally the Marlins don’t pay relievers more than $2.5 million.
They may have to in years to come. But the Marlins also have had success finding and grooming closer candidates. They converted Kevin Gregg from a long reliever to closer, and he held the job in 2007-08.
Should Nunez be traded this season, Clay Hensley would be a candidate to close the remainder of the season.
– Joe Frisaro
The Twins, according to the Twitter account of AOL FanHouse’s Jeff Fletcher, have offered Minor League outfielder Aaron Hicks and Minor League catcher Wilson Ramos in exchange for Cliff Lee. Hicks and Ramos were ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the Twins’ system, respectively, heading into the season. No deal is imminent, however, according to FOXSports.com and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But the revealing of names means things may be progressing.
In search of middle-infield depth and a stable shortstop, the Tigers are “in the market” for the D-backs’ Stephen Drew, according to FOXSports.com. In Drew, the Tigers could improve their offensive production at shortstop — where a revolving door has led to a team-wide .235 batting average heading into Monday — and get a stable presence there. Drew isn’t a free agent until 2012.