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Phillies Entertaining Offers for Cliff Lee: Latest Rumors and News

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported yesterday that the Phillies would entertain offers for starting pitcher Cliff Lee on the same day they signed 26-year old Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year, $50 million deal. Which made sense.

It made even more sense when the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reported that Lee has been scratched from tomorrow’s start with “neck stiffness,” implying that a trade could be in the works.

One team that has been associated with Lee (and even Chase Utley) has been the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers,  who already have a strong rotation (Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu) but would become a powerhouse with Lee in the mix. Considering that Lee is easily the best pitcher left available on the market, the Phillies would be foolish to not get 3 prospects from the Dodgers, of which at least two should be in the top 10. Names that come to mind are outfielder Joc Pederson and starting pitcher Chris Reed.

Other teams that could use starting pitching are the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and Saint Louis Cardinals. Prospects like Xander Bogaerts (SS – BOS), Byron Buxton (OF – WAS), Francisco Lindor (SS – CLE), and Oscar Tavares (OF – STL) are certainly enticing pieces as well.

Stay tuned to Khandyman Sports for more updates right up until the deadline.

Comment with your thoughts on Cliff Lee possibly being moved below.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Phillies

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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