Phillies Involved in Peavy Deal? Updates From Vegas Heating Up

Phillies Involved in Peavy Deal? Updates From Vegas Heating Up

Even with starting pitching at the top of the Phillies' self-proclaimed list of priorities this off-season, it was shocking to see the following headline out of the Winter Meetings today:

7:29 p.m. — Phillies enter Peavy fray

Yeah, don't get excited. The report, courtesy of Ken Rosenthal, links the Phillies to a possible Jake Peavy deal as a third party—one that likely sends a package from Philly to the team currently with Peavy, but receives a player from the team that actually receives the ace. In this case, that latter team is the Cubs. Oh goodie! Let's find a way to help improve the Cubs' chances to block our path to a repeat performance by assembling the scariest rotation in baseball.

So what would we get in return?

Rosenthal [originally] had this to say:

The World Series champion Phillies are active on at least two fronts.
They have shown interest in Twins' outfielder Delmon Young and also
have emerged as a possible third team in the ongoing discussions
between the Cubs and Padres regarding right-hander Jake Peavy.

The Padres like some of the Phillies' young minor-league pitchers,
major-league sources say, but the talks are only in the preliminary
stages.

The Cubs continue to seek a landing spot for right-hander
Jason Marquis, whose $9.875 million salary would need to be cleared to
create payroll flexibility for the addition of a left-handed hitter
and/or Peavy.

The Cubs tried to interest the Phillies in Marquis, but received only lukewarm interest.

So, we'd get Marquis' 4.55 career ERA, enabling the Cubs to clear room for Peavy. Something feels... not right. I guess if the Cubs are deadset on getting Peavy, there's no harm in finding a way to benefit. But I'm not sure Marquis fits that description.

And, we hear another mention of interest in Delmon Young today... If ever there were a gift from the blogging gods—some sort of repayment for the lack of sufficient Anna Benson material, Delmon Young would be it. Still... At what cost?

Update: Twins' beat writer on Phils and Young:

It would take more than Jason Donald for the Twins to make that deal.
The Phillies are looking for a corner outfielder to replace Pat Burrell
but because Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz are recovering from injuries,
they feel inclined to hold onto Donald.

Update: The Padres GM says there's a deal on the table, and it's up to the Cubs whether it gets done:

Towers, who had a discussion with [Cubs GM] Hendry earlier Monday,
said he had been in contact with a third and a fourth team - believed to be the
Orioles and Phillies - and has gotten both sides to agree to the players in
play who could be moved in a deal.

DeRosa Update: The Padres are looking at getting Mark DeRosa involved to send him to the Phillies. DeRosa could play 2B until Chase gets healthy, then maybe move to LF. Jim Salisbury confirms the Phils are working on such a deal, and shares these vitals on the righthanded hitter:

DeRosa, who turns 34 in February, hit .285 with 21 homers and 87 RBIs
in 149 games for the Cubs last season. He played six positions during
the season, including 95 games at second base and 27 in left field.
DeRosa is signed for 2009 at a reasonable $5.5 million.

Salibury links JA Happ to the deal, and also says the Phils are still open to acquiring lefty bat Raul Ibanez. Delmon Young, he hears, is lower down on their list.

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).