Jul 31, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT
It seemed pretty obvious that the potential suitor with the most to send back to Philly in exchange for Cliff Lee was the Red Sox, and now that they’re no longer in need of a starting pitcher, Ruben Amaro is no longer looking to deal his ace:
Cliff Lee is not getting traded today according to #source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
I think it was always about a 2% shot that he’d be dealt at best. Amaro was smart to gauge interest, of course, but the Phillies aren’t going out of business over the next couple of years. They do need people to pitch for them and they can afford Lee’s salary. It didn’t work so good this season, but the idea of starting in spring with Hamels and Lee and whatever else you can muster is a pretty smart idea.
In other news, why did Bowden put a hashtag on “source”?
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