East Notes: Lee, Hamels, Braves, Price, Orioles

There were plenty of scouts on hand for the Phillies‘ matchup tonight, as ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports (links to Twitter). Among the players presumably being eyed were starter Cliff Lee, fresh off a lengthy DL stint, and southpaw reliever Antonio Bastardo. Clubs with representatives on-hand included the Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Angels, Royals, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Pirates, and Mariners, though Crasnick adds that all were not necessarily looking at Lee in particular. The return start for Lee did not go well for the veteran lefty, as he surrendered 12 base hits (11 singles and one long ball) and six earned runs to go with three strikeouts and a walk over 5 2/3 innings.

Here’s more from the game’s eastern divisions:

  • The Phillies are telling clubs that starter Cole Hamels is not available, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports on Twitter. Hamels looks to be the best trade piece on the club’s current MLB roster, but Philadelphia may well prefer to keep the 30-year-old as it attempts to avoid a total rebuild.
  • The Yankees appear on Lee’s twenty-team no-trade list, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Lee also listed New York on last year’s version of his slate of clubs to which he can decline to be dealt.
  • For the Braves, the trade deadline is likely to bring aid to the bullpen and bench, writes MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. A left-handed reliever has long been on the club’s list, and Bowman says that the club might also look to add a bench bat that would improve the team’s anemic pinch-hitting results. As Bowman notes, Jordan Schafer and Ryan Doumit have both largely been ineffective in that role.
  • The Rays now seem more likely than ever to take the decision whether to deal David Price right up until the trade deadline, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post“I think they take it down to the wire,” an executive told Sherman. “That allows them to make sure they know who they are while making a couple teams sweat to the end that one of their competitors are going to get him. … It wouldn’t surprise me if Price actually ends up a July 31 decision.”
  • Meanwhile, the Orioles are looking at a broad array of options to bolster their club, reports MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli. In particular, the club is looking at both starting and relief arms, and has indicated to at least three clubs that righty Miguel Gonzalez could be moved. One of those teams is the Padres, who of course hold one of the better available starters in Ian Kennedy. A.J. Burnett of the Phillies is also on Baltimore’s radar, as is Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies, though Ghiroli says that Colorado was asking for top prospect Kevin Gausman to be included. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that executive vice president Dan Duquette remains hesitant to part with the club’s best prospects, and could ultimately take things down to the wire to get the right deal. (That, of course, was the strategy that Baltimore employed in this year’s free agent market, though last year the club started buying somewhat early at the deadline.)


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55 Comments on "East Notes: Lee, Hamels, Braves, Price, Orioles"


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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

Kevin Gausman for De La Rosa? The O’s already have 6 starters that are equal to or better than DLR. Honestly, I wouldn’t be all that excited if they gave us DLR for free! Either find a way to get an impact starter or stick with the in house rotation options. But Gausman for DLR is a joke.

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Seamaholic
11 months 15 days ago

Yes, because De La Rosa might be better. Gausman hasn’t shown much at all. TINSTAAPP.

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basemonkey
11 months 15 days ago

I like De La Rosa a lot esp. in his prime years, but have you seen Gausman pitch? He’s literally the hardest avg thrower in the big leagues. The fastball is a late-diving 96-99 mph. And it’s not like he’s wild at all either. If he harnesses it, he will become De La Rosa at his peak soon.

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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

So you would trade a current 3/4 starter in Gausman with the potential to be a #1 for a guy that “might be better?” That pretty much makes no sense.

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Jim Johnson
11 months 15 days ago

Would be one of the worst trades of the last few years if the O’s did it.

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basemonkey
11 months 15 days ago

Agreed.

De la Rosa in his prime may have been arguably worth it, around the time he was in Detroit and looked like Scherzer does today, but ever since his TJ, he’s not the same pitcher anymore. Now he’s a majorleague innings-eater type.

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Expos '94 World Champs
11 months 15 days ago

Gausman for De La Rosa? Come on….

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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

DLR is not an upgrade over any of our starters.

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Expos '94 World Champs
11 months 15 days ago

Haha I posted my outrage over that offer at the same time you did..

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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

Lousy teams like the Rockies think they can get premium prospects for mediocrity.

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Seamaholic
11 months 15 days ago

Lousy teams that are decent for a year or two think they can rip off teams just because. De La Rosa would easily be a 3 or 4 on the Orioles. Look at his numbers at Coors Field. Dude can flat pitch.

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basemonkey
11 months 15 days ago

No. Not really.

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NewJerseyOSfan
11 months 15 days ago

Ideally the best fit for my ORIOLES is COLE HAMELS. Why he has only given up 8 HR’S in 114 innings this season (0.6 per 9 innings pitched). And that is pitching in that HR park in PHILLY.

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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

If I could have my pick of available #1 starters I think it would be Sale. But either way you have to give up a ton to get one.

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Quipex
11 months 15 days ago

I’d trade Bundy for Sale. Sale is a winner at the ML level. Cy Young potential. Bundy ought to be good, but the same has been said about many other highly touted minor league pitchers who never put it all together at the major league level.

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griffey9988
11 months 15 days ago

1-2 years ago the White Sox might make that trade. I think at this point, because Bundy had TJ surgery and is still working back to previous form, it would take more to get Sale. But yes I would do that if I’m the Orioles. Bundy has a chance to be special though.

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SiladelphiaSillies
11 months 15 days ago

Wonder why D-backs and Rangers scouts were in Philly. Brown maybe?

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flyerzfan12
11 months 15 days ago

Dom Brown? Please take him. I can live with his struggles at the plate, I cannot live with his tee ball-like fielding instincts.

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dwarfstar
11 months 15 days ago

Why would anyone want Brown and his struggles. Looking at Bastardo, Byrd, and Revere we need bullpen help and we will have to replace Rios on the cheap during the August deadline.

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SiladelphiaSillies
11 months 15 days ago

Oh. That makes sense. Just didn’t think it would make sense for Rangers or Arizona to buy. You can take Revere for a few Wawa coupons, though.

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start_wearing_purple
11 months 15 days ago

If I recall correctly, Lee’s no trade list from last year was a list of the 20 teams most likely to contend and able to pick up Lee’s contract. My guess is if a team like the yanks really wants Lee then some independent deal will have to be reached regarding his option year.

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Stratocaster
11 months 15 days ago

Right. Usually no-trade lists are intended to create leverage for the player. The Yankees and other large market teams are probably on many of these lists. This is how deals are re-structured to maximize $$, options get guaranteed, etc.