Phils: Trade Winds Circling

29 07 2009

Carlos Carrasco was scratched from his Triple-A afternoon start today and many are speculating that he may be part of a package for a front-line starting pitcher. Both Lou Marson and Jason Donald are out of today’s lineup as well, though it may not be related to trade talks. Donald has just returned from injury and Marson (catcher) usually rests for day games. Michael Taylor is in the lineup and currently has a base on balls in his only plate appearance.

Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are the most recently discussed trade targets but sources claim the Jays have no interest in Carrasco. This leaves Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Winner. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, three Cleveland Indians scouts, including the club’s director of player personnel, Steve Lubratich, are in Lehigh Valley to watch the Iron Pigs game today. Seems somewhat odd, considering the only rumored trade chip that is now playing is Taylor.

The Phils have also discussed trading Carrasco to the Baltimore Orioles for O’s closer George Sherill but it is unlikely the team would make a trade for a closer prior to attaining the front line starting pitcher they have been seeking.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi of, “The Phillies are in discussions with the Indians to obtain left-hander Cliff Lee and possibly another player for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson, according to a major-league source.”

PCPTAKE: This is a very strong package from Philadelphia. With the inclusion of Knapp, the “possibly another player” would have to be a good one, possibly C Victor Martinez.

UPDATE: According to Gordon Edes and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, “The deal has not been completed, but the Philadelphia Phillies appear on the verge of acquiring left-hander Cliff Lee(notes) from the Cleveland Indians, according to multiple sources Wednesday morning. In return, the Indians would receive right-handed pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp and at least two players from a group that includes catcher Lou Marson, shortstop Jason Donald and outfielder Michael Taylor, according to sources.”




2 responses

29 07 2009

PCP UPDATE- Apparently this deal is done and will be finalized after the medical reports are in. The deal Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Lou Marson, and Jason Donald for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco. More to follow.

30 07 2009

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