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Cliff Lee: 'I'm going to do everything I can' to have a no-trade clause in next contract

Jul 13, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

Cliff Lee has been traded four times, including three moves in the past 12 months, so with free agency around the corner he naturally wants to negotiate a no-trade clause into his next contract.

I’m going to do everything I can to have that in there. I want to have some control of my life.

Lee went from Cleveland to Philadelphia on July 29 of last year, moved from Philadelphia to Seattle on December 16, and was shipped from Seattle to Texas last week.
In all, he’s been traded for the following players in the past 350 or so days: Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, Matthew Lawson, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez, Tyson Gillies, Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson.
What’s amazing is that none of those trades were the biggest deal Lee has been involved in, because back when he was a minor leaguer in the Expos’ farm system Montreal traded him to Cleveland along with Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Lee Stevens for Bartolo Colon.
So yeah, it’s tough to blame Lee for wanting to know he’ll be staying in one place for a while after this season.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Yeah, but the big question is how much is that worth to him? He won’t get CC money and a no-trade clause. He may get some no-trade protection, but that won’t completely take away the chances of him being traded down the line. For a full no-trade clause, he would have to take a discount. Here comes the question…what’s it worth to ya, Cliff?

  2. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    he is going to have to take a significant pay cut to have that… but he already made millions so leaving some on the table isn’t going to bother him as much as getting traded again and again and again.

  3. Kung - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    If he didn’t want to get traded, he could have been more willing to talk about a long-term deal with any of the clubs he was on. IIRC, that was a big motivation for the Phils to move him, that he was determined to test free agency.

  4. Steve-0 - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    He should sign with the Cubs then.

  5. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    After the Zambrano debacle, I don’t think the Cubs are going to be giving those out anymore.

  6. Md23Rewls - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Wait, what does Zambrano have to do with Lee? I know that Lee is a bit of a hothead sometimes, but it’s not like he’s a lunatic. If the Zambrano deal scares the Cubs away from ever signing a pitcher to a long term contract again, then that’s what’ll doom the franchise.

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