Phillies getting Lee for a song?

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As we await confirmation on the rumored Cliff Lee-to-the-Phillies deal, it’s probably worth reading Tyler Hissey’s Cliff Lee-Roy Halladay tale of the tape. Money graf:

Cliff Lee is not the same quality pitcher as Roy Halladay, but the
pair’s trade value is actually pretty close. The Indians have a greater
incentive to keep Lee, for that reason, and will have to be blown away
with an offer before parting ways with him.

Halladay will command a bounty–the Red Sox have reportedly offered
Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz and Ryan Westmoreland, which is a great
package. But while the price for Lee won’t be that high, the Indians
should only part ways with him if the return is fairly close to what
the Phillies initially offered for Halladay.

If what we’re hearing is true, however, the Tribe isn’t getting the
same kind of haul from Philly that we’ve seen connected to Halladay,
which means that Philadelphia could be getting a relative bargain.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.