Cliff Lee on the move this spring?

It’s been no secret that the Phillies have been trying to move veterans this offseason. They’ve already traded SS Jimmy Rollins and they’re reportedly open to dealing starting pitcher Cole Hamels and closer Jonathan Papelpon.

On Friday, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that lefty starter Cliff Lee could also be on the move as soon as Spring Training, if Lee is healthy.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported earlier this month that Lee could be a valuable trade chip for Philadelphia around the July 31 Trade Deadline. But it seems possible that the timetable has moved up.

Lee was limited to 13 starts last season because of a left elbow injury. He is owed $25 million in 2015 and has a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5 million buyout. The option becomes guaranteed with 200 innings pitched in 2015.

— Mark Sheldon

4 Comments

Geniuses burning maybe a hundred million dollars, this year alone, on players who won’t help them at all. The salaries? Listen: MLB is a legal monopoly; and, as such, is subject to Federal Regulation. All 162 games by all 30 teams broadcast FREE on TV, by Federal Ordinance. The teams will still be paid handsomely by the Networks for the broadcast rights (advertising). Cliff Lee could have gotten by in 2015 with a $20,000,000.oo contract, agreed? Ditto Pujolz, Howard, Crawford, et al…..

Major League Baseball is widely accepted as our National Pastime. Making it free to watch on TV does seem appropriate. The salaries have ascended to a level of sheer greed. Bad image for us to be sending around the world.

Lee could have had a ring , only if he had signed with the ” winning YanKees” before 2009 !!!

Free MLB TV!! Free MLB TV! C’mon, let’s do it, fans!! Climb on the bandwagon. Let’s bring our National Pastime back home to us!! Yay!!!

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