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Cliff Lee wants $23 million a year

Dec 14, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

John Heyman reports that Cliff Lee is willing to do an extension with the Phillies, and that that wild idea of Rosenthal’s about Philly maybe trading Lee right now isn’t happening, but that if the Phillies want Lee beyond 2010, it’s gonna cost them:  $23 million a year.  No hometown discount.

Lee thinks he’s worth Sabathia money. Maybe he is on an annual basis on a short deal, but I can’t help but think we’ve seen his best. This will obviously be a big year for him.

  1. Walter Sullivan - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    I have been a Philly fan for more than 60 years. I don’t need to tell anyone that the Phillies have not always been successful. What’s this obsession about winning all the time? My idea would be to keep the most promising prospects developing in the farm system, and build a future around them. I would try to get Halladay for 2010, and see what happens in 2010 with Hamels, Lee and Halladay. If the team wins with them, fine. If is doesn’t, that’s fine, too. Let them go if it means building a bigger stadium, raising ticket prices for fans like me on fixed incomes. Take a longer view. Richie and Steve and Mike are gone, but some kids in in little league will take their places.

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