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calltothepen.com wrote:The Texas Rangers are still looking to bolster their pitching it would seem. According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Rangers have been scouting both Zack Greinke of the Brewers and Cole Hamels of the Phillies. Both players have expiring contracts at the end of this season and are playing for teams that do not seem to be contenders at this point.
The Rangers, on the other hand, clearly are contenders. They lead the American League West by 5.5 games, but the Angels are playing well and the Rangers will need help to maintain their lead. Their pitching has been hit hard by injuries, and Yu Darvish has been inconsistent. While Roy Oswalt has provided a nice little boost, the Rangers are not comfortable in settling for what they have.
Greinke is 9-2 with a 2.82 ERA this season for the struggling Brewers. He has been one of the few bright spots for Milwaukee. While the Brewers have not yet openly placed Greinke on the trading block, they have struggled to get a contract extension in place. At this point, it seems an extension is unlikely and a trade is a very real possibility.
The Phillies have made it clear through their inaction that Cole Hamels is available. They have not shown a willingness to re-sign Hamels this season or during the offseason. With their record, and their fading position in the National League East, Philadelphia is about to become a seller. Hamels is the most sought-after product they have. He is 10-4 with a 3.08 ERA.
Morosi suggested the Phillies would seek the Rangers top third base prospect in return for a trade involving Cole Hamels.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Astros first baseman Carlos Lee has agreed to go to the Marlins.
Lee's locker was cleaned out by the end of the Astros' game Wednesday game against the Pirates, and it appears that he is on his way to Milwaukee to met up with the Marlins. The 36-year-old has struggled at the plate this season, batting just .287 with a .747 OPS in 66 games for Houston, but perhaps he'll find new life with the Fish. The Astros will cover most of what remains on his $18.5 million salary for 2012.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Astros first baseman Carlos Lee has been traded to the Marlins for third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
Lee has already left his Astros teammates in Pittsburgh and should be available for use in the Marlins' series-finale against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. The 36-year-old is hitting .287/.336/.411 with five home runs and 29 RBI through 66 games this season. Miami will hope for better.
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