What We're Hearing: Volume 1

With a little over two weeks until the trade deadline, there is plenty of news, rumors and innuendos to explore regarding the Philadelphia Phillies. Here is our effort at putting all of the news into one space.

Bobby Abreu

  • Detroit Tigers - The Tigers publicly backed off of their interest in Abreu, but are quietly still pursuing him. The concerns are that Detroit isn't sure how aggressive they want to be in offering up prospects and Abreu may balk at waiving his no-trade clause to go to Detroit. He would certainly insist that the Tigers pick up the option year on his deal, which would make him even more expensive.
  • Boston Red Sox - Right now, Boston is just doing some exploring. Odds are that they'll develop more interest as the deadline gets closer. Abreu and Red Sox manager Terry Francona had an up and down relationship in Philadelphia, but the two do hold a mutual respect for one another and Abreu would likely be a good fit for Boston. The Red Sox have offered Trot Nixon, figuring that the Phillies might make the move just to free up some cash, but the Phillies will likely insist on one of the young starters that the Red Sox have in their arsenal. For the Sox to take Abreu, they'll insist that Nixon head off to Philadelphia. Perhaps a three-team deal sending Nixon elsewhere could be worked out with another club.
  • Houston Astros - Their interest has dried up since they got Aubrey Huff from Tampa Bay. They're now likely out of the Abreu sweepstakes.
  • Toronto Blue Jays - The Jays tried to get Abreu during the off-season, but were unsuccessful. They're still interested and with division foes Boston and New York in the hunt, they will likely try to make a splash by stealing Abreu out from under the noses of those two big boys.
  • New York Yankees - Brian Cashman will likely deal for an outfielder by the deadline. There are a lot out there and his first choice may be Washington's Alfonso Soriano. Abreu is an option, but the Phillies keep bringing up the name Philip Hughes and the Yankees don't want to hear about any offer involving the young stud pitcher.
  • New York Mets - It's unlikely that the Phillies would deal Abreu within the division. It's also unlikely that the Mets would want to give up top prospects to the Phillies. The Mets wouldn't mind adding to their lineup, but an Abreu deal isn't likely.
  • Los Angeles Angels - The Angels might just look to stick with what they've got and keep their young prospects. Then again, a lot can happen in the A.L. West and a lot can happen for a club that gets themselves into the playoffs. If the Angels are going to be contending, they'll have to add offense and Abreu or Soriano from Washington would be likely fits.

Pat Burrell

  • There really isn't much interest in Burrell. He's got a big contract and teams aren't willing to pick up the contract in return for the numbers that Abreu has been putting up. If and when Abreu, Soriano and Washington's Jose Guillen are dealt a team that loses out on those players might develop some interest in Abreu, but don't bet on it.

Tom Gordon

  • Chicago White Sox - If the Phillies want to send Gordon to Chicago for either Javier Vasquez or Freddy Garcia, the Sox might do the deal immediately. Vasquez and Garcia are both signed through next season, with Vasquez due $12.5 million and Garcia owed $10 million. The upside to Vasquez is that Arizona is paying $5 million of his salary over this year and next, so the cost could be about the same for either pitcher.
  • New York Yankees - If Gordon were to have his say on where he would be traded to, it's possible that New York would be the place. He enjoyed his time there and the Yankees are interested in bringing him back into the fold. You have to wonder if packaging Gordon and Abreu would pry Hughes away from the Bronx Bombers as part of a deal, but again, Cashman insists that he is not going to deal Hughes.
  • Cincinnati Reds - The Reds showed interest in both Gordon and either Aaron Fultz or Rheal Cormier. With the addition of Gary Majewski, they're likely not going to have the same interest, but don't count them out.

Jon Lieber

  • New York Yankees - This is a team that was desperate enough to sign Sidney Ponson, so Jon Lieber could be a very attractive option. They're interested in adding some pitching and Lieber will be one of their definite targets. The fact that it appears top of the rotation guys like Barry Zito and Dontrelle Willis are off the market also helps the Phillies and makes both Lieber and Cory Lidle attractive.
  • Cincinnati Reds - It looks like the Reds are going to go for it. They're going to need pitching if they're going to find themselves playing into October and Lieber might be a nice option.
  • St.Louis Cardinals - With the addition of Jeff Weaver, the Cardinals might have found the pitching that they need. Of course, as the adage goes, you can never have enough pitching. Keep an eye on the Cardinals' rotation to see what kind of success they're having and you'll know whether or not they may have an interest in Lieber.

Cory Lidle

  • Basically, the same teams that are interested in Lieber would have interest in Lidle as somewhat of a fallback option. He could be especially attractive to Cincinnati since he's relatively cheap and there are people in the organization who are well aware of what he can give to a team.

Aaron Rowand

  • The White Sox keep knocking on the door and are offering Jon Garland, Javier Vasquez or Freddy Garcia for Rowand. The Phillies may listen, especially if they can't move either Abreu or Burrell. This would open a spot for Shane Victorino in the Phillies' outfield. The Phillies could hold out for pitcher Brandon McCarthy, a younger and cheaper option than any of the bigger names.


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