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Ruben Amaro Jr. shoots down Justin Upton for Cliff Lee rumor

Dec 4, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

Pedro Gomez of ESPN.com has the most interesting rumor of the winter meetings so far:

Justin Upton being shopped around is well known, but Cliff Lee as the return would seemingly come out of nowhere (although can there really be “out of nowhere” when Ruben Amaro Jr. is involved?). Lee has three years and $87.5 million remaining on his deal, while Upton is owed $38.5 million for the next three seasons.

UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Repuplic spoke to a Diamondbacks source who said the Upton-for-Lee deal “hasn’t been discussed” and is “off base.”

UPDATE #2: Amaro very strongly denied the Gomez report, calling it “absolutely and unequivocally false.”

  1. lyon810 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    This makes no sense from a DBacks perspective. Trade away a 25 yr old (who they should be building around) for an expensive veteran ace? Short and long term this makes no sense for them…

  2. xmatt0926x - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I guess you have to wait until the whole trade and linked subsequent trades that might follow, but as it stands I don’t like it so far as a Phillies fan. No problem with Upton but trading Lee seems to be robbing Peter to pay Paul. With Halladay an uncertainty how can you trade Lee?

  3. paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Considering how big of a douche nozzle Pedro Gomez is….I feel a faint sense of satisfaction as his “reports” being so quickly and authoritatively smacked down.

    • djpostl - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Damn, ya beat me to it lol.

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