Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 7/20/12
There was a lot at stake when Cliff Lee pitched eight one-run innings of baseball and the Phillies ended up losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3 in 12 innings. A win would have made five straight for the Phillies and put them a reachable nine games under .500. Instead, with the loss, they are 11 games under .500 at 41-52 and 9 ½ games behind the National League Wild Card leaders. There was a scout for Texas in the stands, and it could mean one thing: The scout was looking at Cliff Lee. Lee, who pitched for Texas in the 2010 World Series, is in the midst of a five-year, $100 million contract. The Phillies meanwhile, are close to luxury tax land, and clearing out Lee’s salary could pave the way for them signing Cole Hamels. The most recent offer apparently to Hamels was $130 million over six years. Losing Lee to sign Hamels, well that is dealing with the Devil. Truth be told I’d rather lose Halladay and keep Lee and Hamels. It doesn’t make baseball sense, but those two are younger t...
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