LEEInks Hits The Rumor Mill

July 22, 2009 - 7:36 am

Good Morning New England! It's that time of the year again -- time to count down the days until the Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31. With the deadline looming that can mean only one thing -- rumors and lots of them. If you're looking to catch up on the latest and greatest chatter and speculation, look no further than MLB Trade Rumors, a site that runs the gamut on baseball trade talk. Each year, one guy becomes the hot player to try and snag at the deadline. This year's midsummer catch of the year could very well be Toronto ace Roy Halladay. According to Toronto G.M. J.P. Ricciardi, the Jays have set a July 28 deadline for interested teams to throw down a deal for Halladay. Ricciardi also asserted that a deal sending the 2003 Cy Young Award winner away is unlikely. It's not that teams aren't trying to acquire the all-world pitcher, because nearly every contending team in the bigs has scouted him. Many, including FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, have considered the Phillies the odds-on favorite to land Halladay. However, the Phils are reluctant to let go of top pitching prospect and Major League scion, Kyle Drabek. Drabek was a first-rounder in 2006, drafted by Philadelphia 18th overall. Kyle is the son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek. The younger Drabek also underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2007. Aside from Halladay, the next biggest name being thrown around the Rumor Mill is that of Cleveland's Cliff Lee. Lee won last year's American League Cy Young Award with a 22-3 record and a 2.54 ERA. Lee certainly took the road less traveled to baseball prosperity as the lefty was sent to the minors after a catastophic start in 2007. In 16 starts that year, Lee went 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA. The teams who have reportedly sent scouts to Toronto to scout Lee this week reportedly include the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Phillies among others. At least that's according to the Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott and his Twitter page. The Indians could snag a cache of talent if they decide to unload Cliff Lee and his $6 million dollar salary. However according to ESPN baseball guru Peter Gammons, the Indians would have to be bowled over on a deal for defending Cy Young Award winner. Last year's big pitching transaction came out of Cleveland last summer, could this year's also come from Drew Carey's city that rocks? We'll simply have to wait and see over the next nine days.