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Phillies Rumor Roundup!: Starting Pitcher Edition - Lee, Blanton in Play

With the July 31 trade deadline now about 27 hours away, talks are starting to heat up around more Phillies players.

Notably, early this afternoon, Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted as follows:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post followed:

While I still think it's relatively unlikely that anything gets done soon, we may be getting a closer look at organizational thinking going forward.

Talks are also heating up between the Orioles and Phillies on a possible deal for Joe Blanton, reports Danny Knobler of

Blanton, 31, somehow leads the National League in home runs allowed (22), as well as strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.39) and walks per nine innings (1.2).