Report: D-backs targeting Lee

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The Diamondbacks are reportedly in the mix to acquire Phillies starter Cliff Lee. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo)

Phillies trade rumors continued overnight. In the latest, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be targeting the Phillies' Cliff Lee in their quest to acquire a top-flight starting pitcher.

Rosenthal notes that the Diamondbacks have the assets, most notably star rightfielder Justin Upton, that it would likely take to convince the Phillies to part with Lee.

The Phillies need outfield help, especially with other trade rumors swirling around Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

Upton, 24, is batting .270 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. He was Arizona's first-round pick in 2005.

Other reports indicated that the Phillies and Orioles were talking about trading Joe Blanton yesterday. The hangup, according to reports, is that the Phillies want Baltimore infield prospect Jon Schoop. Schoop is the Orioles' third-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America.

Schoop is currently playing Double A ball in the Baltimore system.

The trading deadline is today at 4 p.m.


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