Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Phils trade for Cliff Lee may be imminent

ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that three Cleveland scouts -- including the club's director of player personnel, Steve Lubratich, are in Lehigh Valley to watch the Phillies' Triple-A team play an 11 a.m. ET game.

Phillies starter Carlos Carrasco, who has been a subject of talks between the two teams, was abruptly scratched from his start in that game with no explanation from the club.

Stark also says an official of a team that had been speaking to Cleveland about Cliff Lee told him that it was his impression that Lee was about to be traded elsewhere.

Toronto ace Roy Halladay is the Phillies first choice but general manager Reuben Amaro Jr. has stubbornly refused to include his top pitching prospect, Kyle Drabek, in any proposed deal for Halladay. That has been a deal-breaker for Toronto.

Former GM Pat Gillick, an adviser with the team, and president Dave Montgomery have reportedly signed off on dealing Drabek if it means getting Halladay but Amaro is running the show.

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