Just over a week away from the 2014 MLB trade deadline, several NL East teams are starting to shop their players. Last week it was reported the New York Mets were looking to trade Bartolo Colon, and now the Marlins and Phillies have made pitchers of their own available.
The Phillies have the big name on the market in lefty Cliff Lee. Here is what CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury said about the 35-year-old:
"If Lee continues to be healthy and effective, he will join Tampa Bay’s David Price as the top pitchers available for trade."
Lee is returning Monday night from a strained flexor-pronator tendon in his left elbow. He will face the Braves in what could be a full-on showcase with a trade in mind.
Lee has missed time this season due to injury, but holds a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts. He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since 2008 with a 2.90 ERA in 196 starts.
Besides his health, another holdup for Lee could be his contract. The former Cy Young-winner and three-time All-Star is due to make $25 million next year and has a vesting option worth $27.5 million the following season.
Steve Cishek of the Marlins could be the biggest name currently on the closer market, so says Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Now seven games under .500, Miami is drifting out of the playoff race and may look to trade their standout reliever.
Cishek, 28, has 21 saves this year and a 2.67 career ERA in five MLB seasons. His contract runs through 2017 and he's been among the NL's most reliable closers for three seasons.