Red Sox could end up trading Lester

• While the Yankees have looked into names like Josh Willingham, other clubs say they appear most focused this week on finding a right-handed hitting platoon partner in right field for Ichiro Suzuki, and one with no long-term salary commitments. So names like Chris Denorfia (Padres) and Justin Ruggiano (Cubs) are more likely than, say, Marlon Byrd or Alex Rios.

• The Royals also appear to have decided Rios isn't a good fit in their hunt for an outfield bat. And one team that spoke with them described them this way: "They can't take on a lot of money for anything." So it's possible Kansas City may not go bat-shopping until August, when the cost and salary commitments are lower.

• Can we call a moratorium on Troy Tulowitzki rumors this week? Teams that have checked in on him say they've been told Rockies ownership is adamantly opposed to moving both him and Carlos Gonzalez, at least for now. Instead, the Rockies are only really listening on their bullpen arms: Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle and possibly LaTroy Hawkins, but only if they're overwhelmed.

• The Diamondbacks are telling teams they'd talk about moving closer Addison Reed, but aren't likely to move reliever Brad Ziegler. Arizona is also still listening on Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez and, for the right offer, Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter.

• Teams continue to ask the Phillies about Cole Hamels, and report that A) they will listen but B) the price is astronomical. Hamels has four years left on his contract after this season, at $22.5 million a year. And the Phillies have told teams they're willing to take on $10 million of that. But that still means any team dealing for him would be on the hook for $20 million a year. And given that, one AL executive said, the asking price is "just not realistic." While clubs basically look at Hamels as a guy the Phillies clearly don't want to trade, they remain frustrated that the Phillies don't factor in all the money that would be assumed when they ask for every team's top three or four young players. "That has to count for something," the exec said, "if you're assuming all that salary. But Ruben wants his doors blown off in order to trade him. And you don't get your doors blown off if this kind of money is attached. It doesn't work that way."

• Finally, the chances of Cliff Lee getting traded before August are now essentially slim and none. Lee has allowed 21 hits and nine runs in 10 2/3 innings in his two starts since coming off the disabled list. And scouts who jetted in to watch him say he has looked far from healthy. "He tried to reach back and there was nothing there," one said. "Every pitch was down across the board, except his changeup," said another. On the other hand, one scout said, laughing: "He went 2-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI. So I told our guys, 'Hey, if we need a bat . . . ' "

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