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Cliff Lee will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation Monday

Jul 18, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

Cliff Lee AP

Cliff Lee struggled in a minor-league rehab start Monday at Single-A, allowing eight runs and failing to make it out of the fifth inning as he comes back from elbow problems, but the Phillies have decided he’s ready to rejoin the rotation.

Jim Salisbury of reports that Lee will come off the disabled list to start Monday against the Giants, in Philadelphia. It’ll be Lee’s first big-league start since May 18 and he told Salisbury: “I feel strong and I feel good and I’m ready to try to help the team win.”

At this point it seems pretty safe to assume that the Phillies would love to trade Lee and the $37.5 million remaining on his contract beyond this season, so there should be a ton of scouts in the crowd Monday night. He’ll have time to make two starts before the July 31 deadline, but because of his contract and the likelihood it’ll clear waivers the Phillies should be able to deal him in August without having their options limited.

  1. bigharold - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    And, the Yankee audition starts Monday?

  2. greymares - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I don’t believe Lee will be traded before the winter meetings in December, that’s the only time the Phillies will get value.

  3. drush127 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Ruben, Brian Cashman of the Yankees is on Line 1…..

    • greymares - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      The Yankee farm is as sad as philly’s what could they give for Lee.

      • paperlions - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        Lee is owed $25M next year with a $27.5M 2016 option or a $12.5M buyout. He is owed about $10M for the remainder of this season. A team trading for lee will be paying either:

        $47.5M for 1.4 years of Lee or $62.5M for 2.4 years of Lee (who turns 36 in a couple of months)

        If Lee was a FA right now, no one would offer anything close to those numbers.

        With that contract, the Phillies can’t expect to get anything unless they eat a lot of it, and they can’t expect anything more than a B- prospect or two even in that case. The Yankees may actually be a good option because they may be willing to take on the entire deal.

  4. trbmb - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Cashboy is ready to strike with plenty of cash and his usual assortment of fake prospects. This is the only skill of The Cashboy.

  5. jrski1966 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    He is going to get lit up by the Giants on Monday!! He is done. I remember when the Phillies brought Halladay back after getting lit up in the minors as well saying he was ready. What happened?? Roughed up for the rest of the year and Retirement!! Lee has more damage in that arm than is being led on… The Phillies are desperately trying to get rid of his contract. Don’t be surprised if the Angels or Dodgers are both in for a trade for him. The Angels need one more arm in the rotation while the Dodgers are just trying to do anything not to lose the division to the Giants.

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