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So instead of deciding between acquiring a big hitter or an ace, the Red Sox and Rays may now be interested in acquiring both in the same deal. According to the NY Post, the Sox and Rays are interested in trading for SP Cliff Lee (last year’s Cy Young award winner) and C/1B Victor Martinez in a package deal.
The Rays are willing to part with top pitching prospect Wade Davis to get a deal done. Tampa Bay may also become a seller however, as they are now 7.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and five games behind the Sox in the Wild Card race.
The Red Sox haven’t been willing to deal away Clay Buchholz, but may do so if they can get Lee and Martinez in the same deal.
One club executive said he would bet “1,000 percent” that Cleveland moves Lee and Martinez because of financial reasons. This executive said that the economy has hurt the Indians as bad as any club and noted that the three players who make the most for the Indians next year are Travis Hafner ($11 million), Jake Westbrook ($11 million) and Kerry Wood ($10.5 million).
“That is $33 million for three players they can’t trade and know are going to be part of their team next year when they will probably have to lower their payroll into the $50 million range,” the executive said. “How do they get to that number with Lee ($8 million in 2010) and Martinez ($7 million) on the team, also?”
These are just rumors, however. Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m.