LAS VEGAS -- The Phillies are still the middleman in a projected trade of right-hander Jake Peavy from the Padres to the Cubs. But there was no movement in the deal Wednesday as the third day of the Winter Meetings came to an end. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to address specifics of the three-way trade, saying he was waiting for developments on a number of fronts.
"I think we've made some inroads," he said. "It'll be interesting to see where things start to fall."ESPN reported a possible seven-player scenario Wednesday in which the Phillies would send either Minor League pitcher J.A. Happ or Carlos Carrasco, plus shortstop Jason Donald, to the Cubs in exchange for Mark DeRosa. The Cubs would then send the two young Phillies players to the Padres for Peavy along with Jason Marquis, Felix Pie and Josh Vitters. However, a baseball source said the names of the prospects aren't accurate. Donald is one of the Phils' most prized prospects and Amaro seemed amused when he was apprised of the rumor. "Those are some very good players they're talking about," he said. "Some of our best players." Asked if he had been working with Padres GM Kevin Towers and Cubs GM Jim Hendry on the deal this week, Amaro said simply: "I've been working on a lot of things." Earlier in the week, a Major League source said that the Phillies were exploring "every option" to try to improve their pitching staff and fill a hole in left field that could be created by the possible departure of free agent Pat Burrell. There has also been no movement since then on trying to re-sign veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer. In general, Amaro said he's not afraid of trying to improve his defending World Series champion club, but the price had to be right. "There are deals to be made out there," he said. "We have to discuss certain players of quality. You have to trade quality for quality to get something."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.