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Phillies could trade Cliff Lee if they falter

Apr 20, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal suggests, in his Full Count video posted today, that the Phillies could trade lefty starter Cliff Lee if they’re not in the playoff hunt near the July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies placed Lee on waivers last year and he was claimed by the Dodgers, but nothing ever became of it. It’s standard practice for teams to put players, even those of Lee’s caliber, on waivers, so not too much should be read into it, but the Phillies could even choose to move Lee after the deadline in August.

Lee shouldn’t be the only player the Phillies trade if they’re out of the race, though. The Phillies owe nearly $105 million to six players in 2014 and have one of baseball’s more barren Minor League systems. Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Michael Young, and Carlos Ruiz can all become free agents after the season, and the Phillies should consider trading all of them by the deadline if their playoff aspirations have evaporated.

  1. chc4 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Phillies have talent but are poorly assembled. They need to start over b/c the Braves and Nats have clearly overtaken them, both now and for the foreseeable future.

  2. atltoarizona - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I hope this doesn’t happen because then Jeffrey Loria will feel the need to do the same. Seeing as the Marlins have nothing left, he will be trading away his mother in the fire sale as well.

  3. 3511danny - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    That is a big if. The Phillies are going all the way. Chooch!!!!!!!

  4. chacochicken - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I think they’ll dismember Cliff and sell him for parts.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Silly season has come early this year

  6. zemongoose - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    The only problem with trading Cliff Lee is that Ruben Amaro is the GM and the Phils already have an overabundance of non-prospects.

    • paperlions - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Yeah, not sure Amaro is exactly the guy you want trying to flip veteran talent for prospects….or in charge of a draft, or in charge of player development, or in charge of player contract negotiations.

      • biasedhomer - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        See: The Lee to Mariners trade

  7. stephenolszewski - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Indians could use him

  8. imthewiz77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Amaro is gone after this year

  9. humanexcrement - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    The Yankees will take the bait on these guys in a second. Brian Cashman seems intent on building the best lineup in the Major Leagues in 2006.

  10. autmorsautlibertas - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Give Cashman a break. Everybody whines about the Yankees’ payroll and accuses them of buying wins. Since the Yankees success has kept them perpetually near the bottom of the draft order, they are forced to rely on international signings and free agents. Cashman is trying to get the payroll down, so he can’t be sign any big dollar free agents. He has been very successful in finding “has beens” like Eric Chavez, Ichiro, and Andruw Jones, and getting a little more out of them for very little money and without long term commitments.. This year, it looks like Cashman was pretty shrewd in obtaining Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells. Either Cashman and company are very sophisticated in talent analysis, or there is really some kind of Yankee magic that makes everyone play better when they are in Pinstripes. (Except bums like Vazquez and Pavano)

    • 18thstreet - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Yes, the Yankees don’t have much in the first round to pick from. What’s his excuse after the first round? Not enough money to go above slot to get the best players still available in round three?

  11. schmedley69 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    We went through this last season with Hamels. The National Baseball Dweebs spent the first 3 months of last season telling us that Hamels would be a Dodger this season, either by trade or free agent signing. Buster Olney seemed obsessed with the topic. Then when Hamels re-signed with the Phils, they were pretty much silent on the topic and moved onto promoting the next false rumor.

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