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Cliff Lee struggles in first start back from disabled list

Jul 21, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

Plenty of scouts were in attendance tonight for Cliff Lee‘s first start in the majors in over two months. They likely didn’t come away impressed.

Lee, sidelined since May 18 with a left elbow strain, allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Giants. He tied a career-high by giving up 12 hits. The first 10 hits were singles, but he gave up a double to Joaquin Arias and a home run to Adam Duvall in his final inning of work. Sitting mostly in the high-80s with his fastball, he threw 59 out of 90 pitches for strikes while walking one and striking out three.

Lee projects to make just one more start before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so he’s running out of time to prove his health and effectiveness to contenders. Of course, a deal could still happen in August, but it’s a bit more complicated. The 35-year-old is owed around $12 million for the rest of this season and $25 million for next season while his contract includes a $27.5 million vesting option or $12.5 million buyout for 2016.

  1. Cortez>Sapp - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Thanks once again RAJ for waiting WAY too long to try and trade someone until they lose all trade value. (ex. Halladay, Lee, Howard, Utley, Burnett, Ruiz just to name a few the past couple years)

    • paperlions - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Howard hasn’t had any trade value since the day he signed his extension.

      • cincinata - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        I don’t think the two are necessarily cause and effect.

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        As stated, it was certainly cause and effect. He was untradeable the day he signed his contract….of course, other things have happened that would have made him more difficult to trade (like him sucking), but he wasn’t particularly good anymore when the deal was struck.

  2. xmatt0926x - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Even if he had two great starts before the deadline, what team was really going to take a chance based those those two starts and give up good prospects while paying at least a good portion of that salary? He was going to be an August trade at the earliest, if he’s traded at all during this season. I don’t think tonight’s rusty start had much impact on the trade deadline.

  3. penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Either then AJ Burnett and Marlon Byrd, who are the Phillies going to trade? Who is going to take on the contracts of Jonathan Papelbon and Cliff Lee? The answer is no one! Well maybe the Dodgers. The Phillies cant even trade Utley and Rollins because they have full no trade contracts. I really feel bad for Phillies fans, Ruben Amaro Jr. Took over a World series team and drove them into the ground. He deserves to be fired.

  4. penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    So either then AJ Burnett and Marlon Byrd, who are the Phillies going to trade? Who is actually going to take on the contracts of Jonathan Papelbon or Cliff Lee? There are only a few teams in the MLB who would be able to. Even if the Phillies wanted to trade Rollins and Utley they couldn’t, both are singed to no trade contracts. I think if Utley and Rollins were willing to wave their no trade contracts, the Phillies could get a pretty big and good return of prospects. I feel bad for the Phillies fans, Ruben Amaro Jr. took over a World Series team, and drove then into the ground. He should be fired ASAP!

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      The Phillies can probably move Papelbon if they eat half of his salary. With his stats this season, I think a lot of teams would make that deal.

      And Rollins and Utley weren’t signed to contracts with no trade clauses. The CBA gives them 10 and 5 rights which allow them to block a trade. These rights were collectively bargained, not negotiated as part of their contracts with the Phillies.

      • homerunheroics255 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

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    • penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Sorry for the double post there, didn’t realize I did that. Even I give myself a thumbs down for that!

  5. mungman69 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    No, the Phillies can’t trade Lee now. The Phillies are stuck. It’s early in the morning but it’s too late for Rubin.

  6. trbmb - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    The worse he pitches, the better he looks to the brilliant GM, Cashboy.

  7. xcflqb7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Those who do not earn from the past are condensed to repeat it.

    11 players have been traded for Cliff Lee since 2009 – only 2 are on major league rosters; of zero significance.

    With Amaro at the helm, you’d get back suspects not prospects.

  8. homerunheroics255 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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  9. cincinata - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Most pitchers coming off the DL do not shine on the first outing. He may be OK in the end, but the Philthies are toast

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