CLIFF LEE RUMORS & GOSSIP
The Phillies, who spent $69 million in recent months to extend Chase Utley’s contract, sign Marlon Byrd and re-sign Carlos Ruiz, and who have been searching for starting-pitching depth because they believe they can win next season, (according to reports) are listening to offers for Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, a pair of true aces […]
The Philadelphia Phillies entered the winter meetings with the notion of trying to add depth to their starting pitching and defense in the outfield. With the retirement of Roy Halladay and the uncertainties of Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Pettibone and Miguel Gonzalez, the only sure things in the team's rotation are Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. But rumors have it that Lee...
They say where there is smoke, there is fire. Well the smoke that usually comes from Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is usually blowing out of his… never mind you get the point. It is no different at this years MLB Winter Meetings. One of Amaro’s mentors Pat Gillick used to say that everyone is for sale, for the right price. So why is anyone surprised to hear...
The Philadelphia Phillies are putting both of their top pitcher, lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, on the trading block, CBSSports.com’ Jon Heyman is reporting. Although, dealing to two might be a touch challenge for the Phils, because Heyman also says that Philly has no intent to eat up any of the remaining contracts for the two pitchers.
That’s where most of the problem comes...
ESPN’s Buster Olney dropped this doozy from the Winter Meetings this morning:
The Phillies have indicated to other teams they are ready and willing to talk about Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2013
Let’s start with the money. Cliff Lee is owed a total of $62.5 million over the next two seasons. He’ll make...
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the League Park Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.
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#6 SP Willie Mitchell (1913) vs. #2 OF Tris Speaker (1923)
April: Mitchell 54, Speaker 27
The Grey Eagle started out collecting...
Cliff Lee was in elite form throughout 2013. (AP Photo)
While it’s hard to justify paying any player on a 73-win team $25 million in retrospect, Cliff Lee made about as good of a case for it as possible this season for the Phillies. The lefty, who turned 35 in August, was the anchor of the Phils rotation from start to finish, posting an ERA over 3.23 in only one month; an injury...
There are only a few elite aces in the majors like Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. What other divisional hurlers are in that group?
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will now update the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the other divisional staffs weekly. The completed number of games for the Phillies is at the end of the headline.
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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...
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Cliff Lee-for-Matt Kemp. Crazy? Really crazy? Perhaps I’m too immersed in sports, because last night I had a dream that a deal like this went down. I need a hobby.
It’s assumed the Phillies are now in selling mode, and rightfully so. Lee, previously unavailable, now has his name in lights as the deadline hits tomorrow. Where will he go? Nobody knows.
Boston and Los Angeles...