Lee's agent suggested that the lefty will likely retire, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Lee has been medically cleared to resume pitching, with a report from December even suggesting that he hoped to play in 2016. He's apparently now considering retirement, which isn't all that surprising for a 37-year-old pitcher that hasn't played in a game since July 2014.
Lee (elbow) has been medically cleared to resume pitching and hopes to join a team for the 2016 season, Dayn Perry of CBS Sports reports. Lee became a free agent in November after the Phillies declined to pick Lee's option, but the veteran left-hander appears to have his sights set on returning to the major leagues in 2016. He has not pitched in a game since 2014 due to elbow issues, but his recent medical clearance has allowed him to resume throwing. It's still too early to tell whether Lee will find a landing spot, but as the offseason progresses it's possible that a team will be willing to take a flier on the former Cy Young winner.
The Phillies officially declined their 2016 option on Lee (elbow) making him a free agent, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Lee, who did not pitch in 2015, will be paid a $12.5 million buyout. It is unclear if he intends to continue pitching. Given his unwillingness to undergo surgery on his elbow, it seems likely he will call it a career, as rehab has not proven successful.
The Phillies declined their 2016 option on starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow), the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Lee did not pitch this year due to a tear in the flexor tendon in his elbow. He opted for rehab over surgery, but never was able to get back on a mound during the season. It is possible his career is over.
Cliff Lee is almost ready to begin throwing, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. The team is putting together a throwing schedule for Lee for later in July. "If it doesn't go well, I would assume at that point he's probably a guy that won't be able to come back," Amaro said, per The News Journal. Lee is on the 60-day disabled list and hasn't pitched this season with a left forearm strain.
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