It’s been a busy day for the local guys on the Pirates. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Giants will soon land Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, the former Burbank High standout.
Additionally, Jon Heyman at Si.com reports that the names being talked about from the Giants end are prospects John Bowker, Kevin Frandsen and Jesus Guzman.
Sanchez has an $8 million option for next year, after which he becomes a free agent. He recently declined a contract extension from the Pirates, which pretty much guaranteed he’s be traded this year.
Earlier, the Pirates traded SS Jack Wilson (Thousand Oaks High) to the Mariners.
Wow, how would you like to be a Pirates fan and lose your entire middle infield in one day? By the way, if you’re keeping track at home the Pirates have now dealt Sanchez, Wilson, 1B Adam LaRoche, CF Nate McLouth and LF Nyjer Morgan this season.
Foxsports.com is reporting the Phillies have reached an agreement to aquire Indians pitcher Cliff Lee. pending the review of medical records.
According to sources he Phillies will get Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco from the Indians for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.
Wow, that’s a pretty good deal for the Phillies, who didn’t have to part with either current pitcher J.A. Happ or prized pitching prospect Kyle Drabek.
This is bad news for the Dodgers, who have now seen two potential playoff opponents get considerably better in the last week. First the Cardinals get Matt Holliday, and now the Phillies add a former Cy Young Award winner to the top of their rotation.
As I said earlier, though, the Dodgers simply don’t have the minor league prospects right now to put together a serious package, and since they are unwilling to include either Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kershaw in any deal, they have to lower their sights, or not make any deal at all.
The Seatttle Mariners traded for Pirates pitcher Ian Snell and SS Jack Wilson for a five-player package today.
Wilson, a former Thousand Oaks High standout, was trhe main target of the trade, according to the Mariners.
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi at FOXSports.com are reporting the Dodgers are making a big push for Indians’ ace Cliff Lee.
Here is the specific item:
The Phillies look like the front-runners for Indians left-hander Cliff Lee. But the Dodgers were planning to make a “hard push” for Lee on Wednesday, according to a major-league source.
Whether the Dodgers will be too late remains to be seen. The Angels, too, are interested in Lee, while the Phillies also are pursuing Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn.
The Phillies scratched Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco from his start on Wednesday, a strong indication that he is about to be traded.
I just don’t see it happening for the Dodgers, who seem unwilling to deal Clayton Kershaw or Chad Billingsley, and I’m convinced one or the other would have to be included in a deal for Lee.
Too many teams are expressing interest in Lee, especially now that no one can meet Toronto’s demands for Roy Halladay. The Phillies have enough minor league prospects to make a deal work for Lee, whereas all of the Dodgers best prospects are already on the big club.