Hey Phillies! Call the Dbacks!

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Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro has a problem:

I talked to Amaro on the phone yesterday, and while he said that
upgrading the starting rotation remains his “main focus,” he said he
doesn’t yet have any willing trade partners. The problem, evidently, is
two-fold: a) Some of the pitchers who ordinarily would be on the market
(Jake Peavy, Erik Bedard, etc.) are injured; b) Some of the teams that
were expected to be trade-deadline sellers (Rockies, Reds, etc.)
haven’t completely dropped out of contention.

“No one’s out there dealing anybody or wanting to part with anybody
because the pitchers who are available are, one, hurt, and two,
pitching for teams that don’t think they’re out of the race yet,” Amaro
told Philled In. “I know because I’ve asked about every one of them.”

Ruben! Put Circling the Bases in your RSS feed and your problems will be solved!

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.