NL East Notes: Phillies, Lee, Nationals, Mets

Here's a look at the latest out of the National League East..

  • Jon Heyman of reports that Cliff Lee's professional, unemotional view on trades has served him well.  The 34-year-old left-hander could be a popular trade target if the Philles end up as sellers at the deadline, but that apparently doesn't bother Lee.  "Normally, if you're traded you go from a team that's not in a good situation to a team that's winning,'' the veteran said.
  • The Nationals will have some interesting roster decisions to make regarding their infield, suggests Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Rosenthal argues that because of last winter's two-year deal for Adam LaRoche, the club will have difficulty in finding a spot for top prospect Anthony Rendon, with his natural position taken by Ryan Zimmerman.  Rendon, who has played at second base of late, has a bat that "should make him an impact big leaguer" according to Baseball America.
  • The Mets have discussed demoting Ike DavisRuben Tejada, and Jordany Valdespin, according to Andy Martino of Though there is nothing to suggest that the club would demote the struggling trio all in one fell swoop, Martino argues that the Mets need to make just such a move in order to best move forward.  

Max Fogle contributed to this post.

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