July 29, 2009 11:41 AM

Breaking News: Carrasco Scratched from AAA Start

Carlos Carrasco

Potential trade pieces Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, and Lou Marson are all on the bench, as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) play an 11:05am game against the Columbus Clippers.

Infielder Jason Donald, who returned from the DL on Tuesday night, was not expected to start. Catcher Lou Marson was also not expected to start, in a morning game after a night game. (Outfield prospect Michael Taylor, also oft-mentioned in trade proposals, is in the starting lineup.)

Carlos Carrasco was the scheduled starting pitcher, but has been replaced by journeyman bullpenner Jake Woods. Carrasco has been mentioned in trade talk with Cleveland, who are considering trading southpaw Cliff Lee. Carrasco's 6-9 record, and 5.18 ERA do not look very impressive, but the northpaw is only twenty-two, has "electric" stuff, and has suffered from BABIP (.330) and LOB (62.8%) issues. His FIP of 4.01 is impressive, when you consider his age/experience level.

Carrasco's removal could:
-mean that the Phillies are close to dealing Carrasco to Cleveland
-that the Blue Jays have softened their alleged trade demands, and are now considering Carrasco (possibly as a substitute for Kyle Drabek?) as part of the package for Roy Halladay
-be a bluff by the Phillies, who want the Blue Jays to believe that the Phillies are close to dealing for Lee

Things continue to get interesting...

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