The 2013 MLB trade deadline has generated plenty of buzz and a few noteworthy moves. Now, with the 4 p.m. ET deadline fast approaching on Wednesday, the rumors about which big-name superstars are on the block are running rampant around baseball.
While there is sure to be some trade action on Wednesday, don’t expect to see any of the following names on the move.
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies have been utterly disappointing in 2013, sitting 11.5 games back in the National League East with a 50-56 record. As a result, the team is reportedly listening to offers for starting pitcher Cliff Lee.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Phillies are considering proposals for Lee, but the asking price is very high. Heyman’s source claimed Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro is “telling people it'll take you three or four best prospects, plus you'd have to take all the money.”
While that is an extremely steep request, the Phillies have every right to be looking for the best deal possible in return for the current ace of their pitching staff.
Lee may be due an obscene amount of money ($25 million per season, via Heyman), but his continued production on the field—a 10-4 record with a 3.05 ERA and 131 strikeouts thus far—will make him an asset that stays with Philadelphia through the 2014 season as well.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs
After Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Chicago Cubs were listening to offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, rumors swirled about where he might land.
Per Heyman, Chicago has reportedly decided against dealing Samardzija and will attempt to re-sign him to a long-term deal or trade him this offseason. While some fans may question the way the Cubs handled this situation, testing the market at the deadline was a smart move.
Chicago likely had no plans to deal the pitcher, but to not listen to the offers from other teams would have been irresponsible of the franchise. If a team would have been willing to overpay for Samardzija, the Cubs would have been forced to consider a trade.
With no team willing to pay the high asking price, Chicago can now get an extension worked out.
Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly been in discussions with the St. Louis Cardinals about a possible deal including shortstop Erick Aybar, per Jim Bowden of ESPN, but fans shouldn’t expect this trade to come to fruition.
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Angels likely won’t deal Aybar at the deadline unless they lower their asking price. As Bowden points out, the return is what is holding up this deal:
While Aybar has underperformed in 2013 (batting .278 with four home runs, 38 runs and 38 RBI), the market hasn’t yielded the kind of player or prospect Los Angeles would need to make a deal.
Instead of the Angels panicking with the team playing so poorly, sticking with the core players and posturing for a chance to retool this offseason is a smart decision for L.A.’s chances of making the postseason next year.