Who’s Hearing What on a Cliff Lee Trade
With the Phillies currently in a tail spin, their longest losing streak of the season, all eyes remain focused on Wednesdays non waiver trade deadline.
General manager Ruben Amaro is almost certainly going to be a seller and front line starter Cliff Lee has been involved in trade talks.
Monday afternoon, Jon Heyman, Sports Illustrated, reported that the Phillies are taking calls on Lee, but the asking price is "enormous."
So enormous that Amaro is asking for three top prospects and an absorption of Lee's contract, which carries a guarantee of at least $70 million remaining.
According to a Joel Sherman tweet, the Phillies are "definitely open" in trading Lee. Sherman cites an anonymous AL executive.
Later that same evening, Andy Martino sent out a series of tweets surrounding Lee, the Phillies and 3B Michael Young, who has been in trade rumors since early June.
Martino spoke with a National League executive who speculated that the Phillies will move Lee and that the Boston Red Sox would be a likely landing destination.
That same executive is "sure" that the Phillies are indeed trading Michael Young and Boston along with the New York Yankees are destinations to watch for.
Could Lee and Young be traded together?
Yes, just ask the Dodgers and Red Sox who just last year executed a blockbuster trade involving stars Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett.
What would a Red Sox trade look like?
According to SB Nation, CF Jackie Bradley, Jr,3B Will Middlebrooks, RHP Allen Webster, SS Devin Marrero are all mentioned as possibilities in return as the Red Sox have depth at the left side of the infield.
Either way, an answer will be had by 4 p.m. est on Wednesday.