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Phillies Can Trade Lee To Nine Teams Without Consent

Cliff Lee returned from the disabled list on Monday, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to audition him for potential suitors.

Lee is guaranteed somewhere between $47.5 million and $62.5 million through age 37 or 38.

The left-hander's deal also includes a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to 20 teams.

Lee has listed the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals as the nine teams he can be traded to without his consent, according to a source.

Via Jerry Crasnick/ESPN


Yankees Acquire Headley From Padres

The New York Yankees have acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres, according to a report.

Neither team has confirmed the deal, but New York is expected to send Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula to San Diego.

The Yankees will receive $1 million from the Padres to offset the remainder of Headley's contract.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports


Rays Would Have To Be Overwhelmed To Trade Price

The Tampa Bay Rays are still willing to trade David Price, but they would have to be overwhelmed with an offer to do so.

Tampa has gone 23-11 since June 10, cutting their deficit in the American League East in half.

"Like the offseason, they budgeted to keep him and go for it and will do that or they will trade him if they get a knockout deal," one AL executive said. "Nothing has changed. This is an organization that always believes in staying flexible."

The Rays know they can't keep Price, who will likely see his salary climb to near $20 million in arbitration this winter, but a trade can wait.

"I think they take it down to the [July 31] wire," a special assistant to a general manager said. "That allows them to make sure they know who they are while making a couple of teams sweat to the end that one of their competitors are going to get him. For example, if the Dodgers think St. Louis will get him and have a clearer path to the NL title, does that make the Dodgers blink and give up more? It wouldn’t surprise me if Price actually ends up a July 31 decision."

Via Joel Sherman/New York Post



Blue Jays Promote Aaron Sanchez

The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted top prospect Aaron Sanchez.

Sanchez, 22, had an 0-3 record and a 4.19 ERA in eight appearances for Triple-A Buffalo. He was the 34th overall pick back in 2010.

Via Spencer Fordin/MLB


Yankees, White Sox Have Discussed Danks

The New York Yankees have inquired with the Chicago White Sox about John Danks.

New York has lost four starting pitchers to injuries.

Danks, 29, has a 4.35 ERA this season.

There is no evidence the sides are close to a deal and may be in only the early stages of talks.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports


Angels Won't Limit Garrett Richards

Garrett Richards won't have his workload limited by the Los Angeles Angels as the season progresses.

Richards, who has emerged as L.A.'s top pitcher in 2014, is on pace to eclipse 200 innings.

"Not at all," Jerry Dipoto said. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."

Via ESPN


After Demotion, Milone Asks A's To Trade Him

Tommy Milone has asked the Oakland Athletics to trade him, according to Major League sources.

The Athletics sent Milone to Triple-A on July 5 after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs.

Milone's demotion was his third in 12 months – and occurred after he had gone 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his previous 11 starts.

Via Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports


Royals Considering Alex Rios

The Kansas City Royals are looking to improve their sagging offense and have looked at Alex Rios.

The Royals rank fourteenth in the American League with a .687 OPS and twelfth with 388 runs scored.

Rios makes $12 million and has a $13.5 million option with a $1 million buyout. He also has a no-trade list of six teams in his contract with the Texas Rangers.

Other options include Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown, Josh Willingham, Carlos Quentin, Nate Schierholtz and perhaps Martin Prado.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports


Wacha Could Begin Throwing In Two Weeks

Michael Wacha still hasn't been cleared to throw, but he could begin doing so in two weeks.

The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander has a stress reaction in his right scapula, which has healed to the point that he will "ramp up" his pre-throwing program beginning Tuesday.

Wacha underwent both an MRI and CT scan Monday and the results were encouraging.

"This is positive," said John Mozeliak. "This still could put him (pitching for the Cardinals) in early September."

 

Via Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Twins Will Listen To All Trade Offers

The Minnesota Twins are expected to be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Minnesota is in last place in the American League Central.

Terry Ryan said he'll listen to all offers before the deadline and acknowledged the Twins have been struggling.

"We're in a tough spot right now and we've been in a tough spot for four years," Ryan said. "So you have to listen. And that's what we do."

Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia, Kendrys Morales and Kurt Suzuki have all been mentioned in rumors.

Via Rhett Bollinger/MLB