MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on the Top Potential Deadline Additions
With Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline right around the corner, it's only right that we take a closer look at the latest buzz surrounding the top potential summer additions.
Several teams, like the Philadelphia Phillies, are looking to dump talent after realizing that their playoff hopes are likely dashed thanks to a poor start and shaky play throughout the year.
Justin Morneau, Hunter Pence and Cliff Lee are a trio of names rumored to be on the move this July.
Check it out.
Twins Most Likely to Deal Justin Morneau
The talented first baseman could very well be moved before this summer's trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. Morneau is drawing interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, according to Heyman.
The 31-year-old veteran is batting .260 this season with 13 homers and 46 RBI. There is no denying that the Canadian still has plenty left to offer a franchise in need of an upgrade at first base. Morneau is still a threat at the plate, and he can make all of the necessary plays on defense.
With the Giants looking to get back to the World Series and the Twins fading fast in the AL Central, Morneau's talents are better off being utilized with the Bay Area contender.
Giants Still Have Interest in Hunter Pence
The San Francisco Giants are still interested in Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi via Twitter this past weekend:
Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 27, 2012
Pence can provide a big bat for the Giants, as well as a dependable fielder with some young legs. Pence is only 29, and he's batting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI a little over midway through the season.
The Texas native has played well since coming over from the Houston Astros last season, but with Philly struggling to make the postseason, Pence could easily find himself playing by the Bay before long.
Are the Dodgers the Front-Runner to Land Cliff Lee?
According to ESPN Insider Jim Bowden via Twitter, the L.A. Dodgers may have enough in their pocket to offer the Phillies for struggling pitcher Cliff Lee:
Dodgers could swoop in and be a surprise dark horse on Cliff Lee by offering a package centered around Zach Lee and Allen Webster— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 30, 2012
Lee is just 1-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 17 starts this season. The 10-year veteran will turn 34 at the end of August, though, and his current issues on the mound may be a sign of things to come. Still, a team like the Dodgers would be wise to take a shot on Lee and hope that a change of scenery is all he needs to be dominant once again.
L.A. is tied with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and the team could use Lee come playoff time to help get it over the hump. If the Phillies are willing to part with Lee for what the Dodgers can offer, then this move is a no-brainer for L.A.
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