Originally written on Fightin For Philly  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News was able to get a quote from Cliff Lee after his gem of a game Friday night. When asked if he feels like he’s wasting his prime years on a losing team, Lee responded: “I’m 35-years-old now and when this contract is over, I plan on going home. I’m running out of opportunities.” Lee then said that he plans on retiring after his contract with the Phillies expires. Lee will be making $25 million in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and has a vesting option for $27.5 million in the 2016 season. Lee could potentially be 37-years old when he retires if he is not back on the Phillies in 2016, or 38 if he stays on until after that season. Perhaps Lee has seen what can happen to older pitchers while he has watched the rapid decline of staff ace Roy Halladay. Doc is just 36. Whatever Lee chooses to do (and it’s certainly not set in stone now), it will certainly not be a “money thing.” Lee will have plenty of that, and whether he decides to come back will be based on his love of the game and ability to still play it. Whatever happens, I hope the Phillies don’t waste another masterful year of Lee’s like this again.

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