What We're Hearing - Volume 2

Ten days until the trading deadline and the Phillies are in the thick of things as far as potential deals are concerned. With all that's being said and heard, it's not easy to keep track of everything, so we've got it all together in one handy place for our readers.

Bobby Abreu

  • New York Mets - It's unlikely that the Phillies would deal Abreu within the division, but there are reports that the Mets would give up Lastings Milledge in a deal to get Abreu. While the Phillies like Milledge and their scouts have all given pretty positive reviews of him, the Phillies would likely insist on Mike Pelfrey as part of the deal. There is a lot of communication between New York and Philadelphia, but a deal between the Metropolitans and Phillies just doesn't seem likely.
  • Detroit Tigers - The Tigers were trying hard to get Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff, but when he went to Houston, Detroit regrouped and is reportedly going hard after Abreu once again. The Tigers were thinking that pitching prospect Zach Miner and outfielder Craig Monroe would be fair value. The Phillies would rather have outfielder Marcus Thames and pitching prospect Jordan Tata, but the Tigers would be slow to give up both. Right now, the deal would likely be Thames and Miner for Abreu. One potential catch is that Abreu is likely to demand that the Tigers guarantee the final year of his contract in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause and reportedly, that's not out of the question for Detroit. "The
    Tigers know they need another bat, and a veteran from the left side like Abreu fits the bill," said Paul Wezner of TigsTown.com.
  • New York Yankees - GM Brian Cashman insists that he won't give up a lot of prospects to improve his team's offense. Pitcher Philip Hughes, who the Nationals were insisting in getting in exchange for Alfonso Soriano, is off the table. The Phillies would also want to talk about Hughes and that's just not going to happen if Cashman has his way. Cashman had been talking to the Nats about Jose Guillen, but his trip to the DL pretty much takes him out of the discussion. Reggie Sanders is another target for the Yankees. Keep in mind that George Steinbrenner admitted that he "loves" Bobby Abreu, of course, he's since switched his allegiance to Alfonso Soriano. Who knows how all of this will play out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

David Dellucci

  • St. Louis Cardinals - This is a team that could use some offense and they've been scouting Dellucci for a while now. Left field hasn't been a very productive spot in St. Louis this season and Dellucci could end that in a hurry. Veteran Scott Spiezio and rookie Chris Duncan are now getting a chance to see time in left and have improved the production somewhat, but the Cardinals may like to have someone who could come in and play everyday for them in left field. Dellucci would be a good fit in the Cardinals' lineup. The birds have stepped up their scouting efforts and could be preparing an offer to present to the Phillies for Dellucci.
  • Texas Rangers - The Rangers wouldn't mind getting Dellucci back into their lineup. The Phillies may well wind up dealing Dellucci, but they would like to get a decent prospect in exchange, since Dellucci has a track record as a power-hitting, everyday player in the majors. The Rangers aren't quite ready to bite, but they may need to if they're going to win the A.L. West.

Pat Burrell

  • Baltimore Orioles - Looking for additions to their anemic offense, the Orioles explored the possibility of trading for Pat Burrell. Word was that Burrell wouldn't waive his no-trade clause to head to Baltimore, but his agent was in Baltimore on Tuesday (July 18), although there was no definite word on whether or not he met with Orioles officials and if they discussed Burrell possibly coming to town. Still, it seems strange that Burrell's agent would pop up in Baltimore just after word of a possible deal spread. In exchange, the Phillies would likely get Rodrigo Lopez and possibly, a mid-level prospect in exchange for Burrell. Right now, the Burrell to Baltimore deal is the one closest to fruition. In case you're wondering, Lopez, 32, has a career record of 57-53 with a 4.81 ERA. He is eligible for arbitration following this season and free agency following the 2007 season.

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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