The latest Phillies trade deadline buzz, according to baseball sources, from insider Jim Salisbury:
A deal with the Yankees for outfielder Marlon Byrd, the best and most tradable bat the Phils have, is possible, but not yet probable.
Byrd is hitting .270 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs. He's also struck out 126 times. He is signed for next season at $8 million and has an option for 2016 worth another $8 million.
Money has never been an issue for the Yankees, but it is for the Royals. The Phils and Royals have had recent conversations about A.J. Burnett, but the word Thursday morning was that might not be a fit because of Kansas City's tight budget. The Royals are casting a wide net for a starter but can't spend much.
Burnett is owed about $5 million for the remainder of this season and has an escalating player option for 2015 that will be worth $8.5 million when he makes his next start (his 24th of the season) and can rise to as much as $12.75 million if he makes 32 starts.
Meanwhile, left reliever Antonio Bastardo is still a Phillie for two reasons.
One the Phils have a high asking price for him. And two, Bastardo has struggled lately, allowing five runs and two homers over his last 1 1/3 innings.
Plus, there are better relievers on the market, such as Boston lefty Andrew Miller.
At least money shouldn't be an issue -- Bastardo is owed about $700,000 the rest of the season, and next season is his final arbitration year. He'll likely find a salary in the $3 milliion to $3.5 million range.