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Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 7:36 pm
 
Cliff Lee So, the "mystery team" interested in Cliff Lee is indeed the Phillies.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal quotes "a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations" as the Phillies "not out" of the Lee sweepstakes.

Ruben Amaro, of course, said nothing to Rosenthal.

Rosenthal notes the Phillies would have to work within a tight payroll, but they'd be a compromise between pitching in New York and "the Rangers' hitter-friendly park" (but doesn't mention the new Yankee Stadium isn't exactly Petco Park.) It's unlikely the Phillies could match the dollars or the years being offered by the Yankees and Rangers (reportedly somewhere around seven years and $160 million).

The Phillies have $146 million on the books for 2011, with Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Brad Lidge coming off after the season. There is also a mutual option on Roy Oswalt that could send send him away, as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:49 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

Faults certainly are a a component of remaining human. Savor your troubles for what they are: significant daily existence lessons which can only be found the difficult way. Unless of course it is a lethal error, which, not a lot less than, some other people can have an understanding of from.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:19 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

I am shocked at the turn of events. Incredible !



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:15 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

The Mets have no shot at da phils now...Oh well they had no shot before the lee signing...As a Mets fan I am optimistic that if the Mets sign Chris Young they would not finish in last place..The Mets should trade Reyes and David Wright because in about 3 or 4 yrs when the Mets are ready to compete those guys will be older...oh well congrats phils ...



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:56 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

Apparently LEE isnt slighted either, turn on ESPN and go to the Assoc Press, its done, pending a Physical...

Oh and the Giants, Hamels will be the #4, vs who Sanchez... And if you watch a lot of Baseballlike I do, the Phillies/Giants series was a GRIND, unlike the Giants-Texas, Huff stated so himself, besides, game 6 was Uribe off Madson andour Pen... That and crucial error by Ibanez in game 1 of NLCS, he makes a routine catch, we win 3-2, but the Giants made their own luck, they did out play us w lil things. wasnt the rotation, we simply didnt get bunts down, and they beat us....




Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:50 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

ITS DONE DUDE, TURN ON ESPN.... 5 YRS 100 MILL !!!!



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:49 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

This is the best XMAS present a season tix holder could ask for... 2 years in a row the Phillies have extendedor signed the biggest prize in MLB... How DO you like that one MUTS FANS ?? You and the Ntas for the next 36 months.. lol...We had todo this w the Braves steppin up,the sellouts will continue...



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:47 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

This is why I wasn't buying into the contract efforts the Phillies were in with Werth. Like Werth, the Phillies won't get Lee for all the reasons that Texas and NY Yankees will. The money and length of contract are nowhere near what the others are offering. Texas is closer to Arkansas for Lee's wife and family. NT and Philly are a push in that regard and the better contract terms and security the Yankees are offering would be what tilts a decision there. Add that right now, without Werth the Phillies lineup is not as potent as the Yankees for run support, probably a little better than what Texas puts on the field though. Phillies are a weaker 3rd also in the running, definitely a long shot to win the Lee sweepstakes.

One post boasted pitching staffs, well the Giants staff was definitely better than the Phillies in the NLCS head to head. Lee made no difference vs the Giants in the WS. And the Braves staff, they actually pitched equal to the Phillies against the Giants in the NLDS. The issue with the Braves was fielding errors. I know I'm bringing the Giants into the discussion, but they are the benchmark, the World Champs and in Oct & Nov the common opponent for the Rangers, Phillies & Braves head to head vs the Giants. The Yankees are a vicarious comparison with the Rangers, but record wise, comparable to the Phillies and so on.

End of the day here, Rollins, Ibanez & Lidge for 2011 coming off, maybe the Oswalt option coming into play ? After 2011 would the Phillies be weaker for that if they weren't going to resign any or all of them for a LT deal with Lee ?

Phillies aren't even an option in my opinion, but that's just me. I'd be very surprised, no more like shocked at the announcement. Then you have to look at the way the Lee, Halladay & Oswalt deals came about in Philly. The Phillies dealt Lee around like a old used baseball glove. I realize it's a business and therefore the Phillies shouldn't feel slighted when Lee accepts an offer from NY or Texas. Phillies fans shouldn't feel slighted like many have when Werth went to the Nationals. The offers may be closer in each case, yet world's apart from the top tier destinations Lee has available.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:47 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

WRONG !!!! The Phillies offered him a 3 year extension w a 4th year club option ( exact same deal Halladay signed ) They said no, and smartly he gets an extra 40mill and 2 more gauranteed years w the Best rotation in MLB....




Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:46 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

Do the math...32 starts each in a 5 man rotation... Lee, Hammels, Halladay and Oswalt will win 3 out of every 5 games....AT LEAST!...then the #5 starter will win 2 out of every 5...probably Blanton...That is worst case scenario of 90 wins...HOLY CRFAP is a MLB record setting season on the horizon!!!!   God bless you Ruben Amaro!



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:38 am
 

Phillies are the 'mystery team' in on Lee

Even better Grinkie will not waive his no trade for the Yankees. Big Georges boys are the down fall of the Stankees. As a bounus seeing a Giants vs. Phillies NLCS would be epic!


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