As of this morning, ESPN's Jayson Stark is calling Cliff Lee "quasi-available." The Indians don't exactly want to trade him, but they still may if the return is strong enough.
It is rumored that the Indians would like to obtain right-handed pitching prospect Wade Davis from the Rays, although Tampa Bay has been balking at adding him to a deal, Morosi reports.
Davis is 6-foot-5, 220 pound right-hander who is 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA at Triple A Durham this season. He has struck out 103 and walked 47 in 114.2 innings.
Baseball America called him one of the "premier power pitching prospects in the game" before the season started. Morosi writes that davis is rated "one notch below" Braves prospect Tommy Hanson and Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Tampa Bay has the young talent to make the deal and the major league talent to go to the World Series if Lee is acquired, writes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.
Sports Illustrated reporter Jon Heyman Tweets that there is a better chance Indians catcher Victor Martinez could be moving on (I love the grammar used on Twitter):
more apt to trade martinez than lee. altho, catcher v-mart's replacement carlos santana isnt due up 'til 2011.
The Indians, however, continue to speak with clubs that are interested in both Martinez and left-hander Cliff Lee.
"Things are changing rapidly," says one source with knowledge of the Indians' thinking.
The Phillies, Rays, Brewers and Dodgers are on Lee, and the Rangers have expressed continued interest.
While Lee and Martinez would both upgrade the Rays, I have to wonder if the Martinez to the Rays talk is legit or fabricated. Acquiring Martinez makes sense as Rays starting catcher Dioner Navarro has struggled all season, but the top player in the Martinez talks so far has been the Red Sox.
Could another AL East rival make them rethink that position while driving up the price?