Crasnick notes that "multiple teams are making a late run at the Phillies with offers for Lee", and spoke with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about the possibility of dealing the 34-year old.
The Phillies, who made headlines on Friday night by agreeing to sign star Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, are in a difficult position as the trade deadline approaches.
They currently sit nine games back of the NL East-leading Braves, but have not committed to become sellers at the deadline. While teams have shown interest in assets like Lee, Young, Ruiz, Utley and closer Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia has shown a reluctance to give up on the season by selling key assets.
The team is reportedly working on an extension with Utley, and deals involving Ruiz or Papelbon are considered very unlikely. If Lee hits the market, he would instantly become the top starter available over Jake Peavy, Ervin Santana and Bud Norris.
Lee can block trades to twenty teams due to a partial no-trade clause in his contract, as Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reported in June. The Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Rangers are among the teams on that list, and the Cardinals are not.
While Texas is all set after acquiring Matt Garza and Lee is probably out of Baltimore's price range, the Red Sox and Cardinals are known to be actively looking for starting pitching. Unlike Boston, St. Louis could pull off a deal for the left-hander without Lee's approval, which would be an easier process.
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