-Ken Rosenthal breaks down the possible series of trades. He says that Rhodes is the one going to Philly for Michaels. He also says the Boston-Cleveland trade remains Crisp for Marte and Mota.
-Paul Hoynes, though, continues to say that it will be Crisp and two minor-leaguers to the Red Sox for Marte, Mota, and a minor-league pitcher.
-Perspective from Philadelphia:
-Sheldon Ocker says that the deal is predicated on the Indians getting Michaels, which might not happen for a couple days.
UPDATE: The view from Philly ... Arthur Rhodes' picture is on the front page of this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer sports section as part of this story. The report says that adding a high-quality reliever allows the Phillies to move young stud Ryan Madson into the rotation. Madson was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball a year ago and was moved the bullpen to help the big-league club in 2005. The story also says that both deals are only waiting on physicals at this point. [Jay]
UPDATE: Mark Shapiro had a brief press conference this afternoon to announce ... nothing. He apologized for being hard to reach while he was on vacation and said, in classic Shapiro-speak, that the team is always exploring every possible way to make the team better. [Jay]
UPDATE: As reported by Anthony Castrovince on mlb.com, Wedge had this to add: