MLB trade rumor updates on Lee, Peavy, Nathan

MLB trade rumor updates on Lee, Peavy, Nathan
July 29, 2013, 7:15 pm
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The MLB Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time, which means teams are making last-ditch efforts to either buy or sell.

That means there's a lot of rumors swirling around about certain players and teams, whether or not they're true.

The Red Sox look to be buyers at the deadline, in need of pitching - whether that comes in the form of a reliever or a starting pitcher.

A couple names that have been thrown around are Jake Peavy of the White Sox and Cliff Lee of the Phillies.

-- ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the White Sox are taking Peavy off the market now and will "build around him". But taking a look at Peavy's age and health history, that sounds a bit odd. It's likely a move to drive up the asking price of Peavy, who could be had for much less than the Phillies' Lee.

-- On the Lee front, it appears that the Phillies are looking for an entire farm system in return. Jon Heyman reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is asking for up to four top prospects - plus payment of Lee's salary - in return for Lee. In other words, Lee is staying put if that's the asking price. But if the Phillies do lower their offer, a team could acquire the ace. Lee is 10-4 this season with a 3.05 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. The Sox potential interest in Lee would stem from the uncertain health of pitcher Clay Buchholz, despite good news from Dr. James Andrews.

-- And WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that although Joe Nathan has reportedly been made available by the Rangers, the Sox are not involved in talks. Nathan is a righthanded arm due $7 million in his last guaranteed contract year. He has 32 saves, a 1.73 ERA, and a 0.84 WHIP this year. Bradford does say, however, that righthanded relieving is a priority of the Sox.