Lee trade rumors reach first-place Reds

Lee trade rumors reach first-place Reds

NEW YORK -- Trade Deadline speculation this summer continues to have the Reds as a possible destination for Mariners lefty Cliff Lee.

Seattle is receiving offers for Lee, and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty would not confirm or deny that the club is one of those teams in the hunt. A report in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday said the Reds and Mariners talked last month while the two teams played at Seattle.

"We'll do whatever we can to improve the club," Jocketty told MLB.com on Monday. "It's going to have to be a significant improvement to disrupt what we've got -- the chemistry and so forth of the club."

Lee, a free agent at season's end, is making $8 million this season. The Mariners would likely want Major League-ready prospects, and the Reds have several. The first name that comes to mind is Triple-A Louisville first baseman Yonder Alonso, who is blocked at his primary position by Joey Votto.