Report: Phillies receiving late offers for Cliff Lee
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has not tipped his hand as to what his gameplan will be come next week’s trade deadline, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phils have received late offers for starting pitcher Cliff Lee.
With the Phillies in the midst of a five-game losing streak and eight games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division lead, they would seem to be in prime position to sell at the deadline on the surface.
Amaro has yet to publicly say what moves the team will make next week if any.
According to Crasnick, Lee is the “crown jewel” of the starting pitcher market. But he also notes that Lee’s contract presents the one major hurdle in moving him.
Because Lee is owed more than $70 million from his current deal, teams may be reluctant in picking up his salary.
Crasnick also reports that sources did not confirm which teams have contacted the Phillies for the services of Lee.
But he does say that the teams that are reportedly in the market for a pitcher at the deadline include the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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