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When Cliff Lee signed the 5 year, $120 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the deal included a 20-team no-trade list. What that list means is that if the Phillies agreed to trade Lee to one of those 20 teams, he would have to approve the deal in order for it to go through. If he says no to the deal, there is no more deal.
Some of the teams on Cliff Lee's no-trade list are the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
When the rumors started swirling about Cliff Lee, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston tweeted this:
Phillies' Amaro listening on Cliff Lee, per Jerry Crasnick. Guaranteed that Boston will be in that hunt
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 26, 2013
Boston can pursue Lee, but if a deal is agreed to, it would need Lee's approval. It is possible that a deal could go down and Lee approves it. Right now, Boston is in right in the middle of the playoff hunt, so that might be intriguing to Lee.
Teams that are looking for starting pitchers right now are the Cardinals, Braves, Red Sox, Indians, Cardinals, Pirates and Dodgers. While those teams aren't known to be interested in Lee, they could show some interest in him.
A team that may be interested in Lee that is not on the no-trade list is the St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Morosi reports that there are two reasons Lee left him off of the list:
"He figured they would be unlikely to trade for him because they have an excellent rotation and good pitching depth in their farm system, and he's also said to be intrigued by the idea of playing for the Cardinals -- thanks to their winning culture, their proximity to his Arkansas home and the ability to continue hitting in the National League."
It sounds like hitting is really important to Lee, so if he were to be traded, Lee may prefer to stay in the NL.
A team that was interested in Lee last year was the Los Angeles Dodgers. When the Phillies placed Lee on waivers, the Dodgers claimed Lee, but no deal was agreed to. It isn't known if the Dodgers are interested in Lee right now, but they are definitely a team to keep an eye on if he were to be available.
Cliff Lee has two years left on his contract, with a club option for 2016. In 2014 and 2015, Lee will make $25 million. In 2016, Lee can earn $27.5 million, but the deal includes a club option with a $12.5 million buyout. If a deal for Lee were to be made, expect the Phillies to eat some of the contract and get some premium prospects for him.
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