Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
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If it’s July Cliff Lee must be on the trade market. Actually Lee hasn’t been traded during the season since 2010. Chances are he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. But the Phillies are discussing their All-Star left-hander with other clubs according to major league sources creating the possibility of another Lee blockbuster. One rival executive on Sunday night acknowledged the Phillies’ willingness to trade Lee but said the team would do it only “for a lot!!!” — meaning a steep package of talent. The Phils’ demands however would be but one obstacle to a deal. The other obstacles would include: • Lee’s contract: Lee 34 is owed nearly $9 million for the rest of this season salaries of $25 million in both 2014 and ’15 and a $27.5 million option or $12.5 million buyout in ’16. A team such as the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers might be willing to absorb such a deal but likely would not part with substantial talent unless the Phillies assumed some of the financial burden. Lee’s contract also includes a 20-team no-trade clause. The Red Sox New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are among the teams that would need Lee’s permission to acquire him sources told FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. The St. Louis Cardinals are among the nine teams that could acquire Lee without restriction.
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