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Yep, the Phillies are interested in Cliff Lee

Jul 2, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

Pretty much backing up Jon Heyman’s report from earlier this afternoon, major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of that the Phillies are interested in re-acquiring Cliff Lee.

The Phillies obviously have other needs to fill after the loss of Chase Utley and lingering concerns about Placido Polanco’s elbow — and they have shown interest in Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton, according to Rosenthal — but they also want to upgrade their rotation, with a focus on “top-of-the-rotation types rather than fourth and fifth starters.”

Lee certainly fits that description, and according to one major league source, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “will not cut off his nose to spite his face” by refusing to re-acquire the left-hander. In other words, he won’t let his pride stand in the way.

Ultimately, like with most teams in talks with the Mariners, it will come down to how much Lee will cost in the form of prospects. In turn, sources tell Rosenthal that the Phillies view themselves as “a longshot.” Rosenthal writes that they would likely have to give up top prospect Domonic Brown in order to re-acquire Lee, something they are understandably reluctant to do.

  1. DualLeads - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Of course they’re interested – we don’t need high-paid website pundits to tell us that.

  2. quint - Jul 3, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Phillies offered 2 of the 3 prospects they got in return for trading Lee and the Mariners laugh in their face?

  3. Gvots - Jul 3, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    no…. No…. NOOOOO!!

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    i think the need to worry bout their O first..think pitching will be fine

  5. Ditto65 - Jul 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    They should probably trade Doc and a bunch of highly rated prospects to brin Lee back.

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