With just two days left until the July 31 trade deadline, the Dodgers are aggressive on the trade front regardless of how thin the market is.
Recently, the Phillies were swept on their recent six-game roadtrip and have started telling teams they’re interested in selling pieces. General manager Ruben Amaro has been stubborn in admitting that the team should sell at the deadline, but it sounds like he could be changing his mind.
According to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, the Dodgers haven’t spoken to the Phillies about Cliff Lee:
Source: Dodgers and Phillies have not discussed a Cliff Lee trade recently.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 29, 2013
On the surface, trading for Lee seems like a stretch for the Dodgers since they don’t want to trade their top prospects, but they did put in a waiver claim for him last August.
Putting Lee in a rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would be devastating for the stretch run and the Dodgers aren’t on his list of teams they can block a trade to.
However, with the Phillies signing Cuban starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, it could be a signal to the rest of the NL that the Phillies believe they can contend next season if they stand pat at the deadline.
After rumors swirled about possibly trading Chase Utley, the Phillies are talking to the star second baseman about a possible contract extension.
While a lot can change between now and the trade deadline, it doesn’t sound like the Phillies are keen on trading Lee to anyone.
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