The cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Phillies have gone into full-fledged sell mode after a lost weekend against the Atlanta Braves.
Starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Joe Blanton and outfielder Hunter Pence are among the players who could be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
The Phillies, last in the NL East with a 45-57 record, have renewed trade talks regarding Lee, according to multiple reports Monday. The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers were said to be interested in the 33-year-old left-hander with the big contract.
The Phillies also are offering right-hander Blanton and the Baltimore Orioles have shown the most interest, sources told MLB.com. The 31-year-old has an 8-9 record with a 4.59 earned-run average.
The San Francisco Giants reportedly are negotiating with the Phillies for outfielder Pence, who is batting .268 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI this season. The 29-year-old is making $10.4 million and becomes eligible for arbitration in the off-season.
Money could be an obstacle in trying to deal Lee, who is 1-6 with a 3.95 ERA this season. He was a rental player for Texas in 2010, helping the Rangers to the World Series, then, as a free agent, signed with the Phillies for five years and $120 million.
There will be $75 million remaining on his contract after this season.
Phillies outfielders Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre and infielder Ty Wigginton also are available.