MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz from Around Baseball as Deadline Approaches

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 20: Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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General managers around Major League Baseball are working the phones at a frantic pace as the trade deadline inches closer. There have already been a couple deals completed today and more are likely on the horizon.

Let's take a look at some of the latest news from the rumor mill with the deadline right around the corner. It's time for some teams looking to make a playoff run to add one last piece to the puzzle while those out of contention look to the future.


Carlos Lee

Lee has been a member of the Miami Marlins for less than a month but the team is already attempting to move him, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. The first baseman has hit .271 with one home run and 12 RBI in 21 games for Miami.

When the Marlins acquired Lee they were still in the thick of the playoff race. They have quickly faded since that point, sitting 11 games behind a wild-card spot, which is probably the main reason Lee has become expendable so quickly.

While Lee isn't the dynamic offensive he was during his prime, he would still be a nice addition for a contender in a platoon or bench role. As long as the Marlins aren't looking for much in return, he would be worth a flier.


Ryan Dempster

The Dempster saga still hasn't come to an end for the Chicago Cubs. The team thought it had an agreement to trade him to the Atlanta Braves, but that fell through and now the front office is working hard to find a suitor.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Los Angeles Dodgers are still heavily involved in the Dempster sweepstakes, but more teams are also involved. The starting pitcher has veto rights, however, and therefore can block any deal.

The Cubs have been selling off pieces at a rapid rate as they attempt to start building a foundation for the future. Dempster isn't an ace, but he would be a nice mid-rotation pitcher for the Dodgers as they look to gain an advantage in the tight NL West.


Joe Blanton

In a major surprise, the Baltimore Orioles are still hanging around in the playoff race and have been looking to upgrade their rotation as a way to keep the unexpected run alive. Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies has been one name mentioned a lot.

After hitting a lull in talks, things have picked up once again, based on a report from Dan Connolly ‏of the Baltimore Sun. He states the Phillies have backed off some of their demands as the two sides try to get on the same page.

Baltimore is hoping a player like Blanton would stabilize a rotation that's been inconsistent throughout the season. Although the move would still leave the Orioles in the long-shot category, it's good to see the team trying to keep pace in the AL after so many years out of the mix.