Phillies Won’t Trade Cliff Lee

The Phillies won't trade Cliff Lee before the July 31st trade deadline, Jon Heyman of reports. Furthermore, the Phillies have no plan to consider trading Lee in August, when players can be dealt after being placed on waivers. Something would have to change for the team to consider trading Lee, Heyman writes.

The Rangers had been scouting Lee, and viewed him as a long-shot alternative to Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson and James Shields. The Rangers would have asked the Phillies to cover a substantial portion of Lee's salary in any trade, Heyman writes. Lee, 33, earns $25MM per season from 2013-15, so there’s a chance he’d clear waivers. His contract includes a $12.5MM buyout for a $27.5MM option in 2016.

Lee can block trades to 21 teams, but the Yankees, Braves and Marlins are not on his no-trade list, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported today (Twitter links).  Phillies officials intend to build around Lee, Roy Halladay and the recently-extended Cole Hamels, Heyman reports.

12 Responses to Phillies Won’t Trade Cliff Lee Leave a Reply

  1. Catztradamus 3 years ago

    and in other news, sources close to Heyman report that the Sun rises in the morning and sets in the afternoon.

  2. Christopher S. Gourley 3 years ago

    Hopefully they wouldn’t do that to him again

  3. Lee’s list is mainly big-market teams plus, interestingly, #Marlins and #Braves.#Phillies

    Doesn’t this mean that the Braves and Marlins ‘ARE’ on the list of teams he can block, or does it mean that he WILL go to these teams? This is a bit confusing.

    • randyfastman 3 years ago

      Braves and Marlins are 2 of the teams he can NOT block a trade to, however as stated above, The Phils would never trade him within the division so there are really only 5 or 6 teams the phils could trade him to without his consent

    • If the Phillies were to trade Lee, he could not block a trade to the Yankees, Braves, Marlins, Rangers, and two other teams. He can reject a trade to any of the other 23.

    • Catztradamus 3 years ago

      It means he put all the teams in the division on the list because the Phillies are less likely to deal him inside the division.

  4. piro18 3 years ago

    @google-0785b8d1520c9b7d82427820c54548ee:disqus Im guessing he added Braves and Marlins because the Phillies would never trade him in division. So in a way its a larger no trade clause for him. Thats just a guess though.

  5. he will most likely be traded in the offseason

  6. sdsny 3 years ago

    This isn’t a good headline. It’s misleading. I think it should say “Phillies *Can’t* Trade Cliff Lee.” Dude makes $24 mil/year. They’d have to pick up at least half his salary before any team even considers parting with their good prospects.

  7. Douglas Bath 3 years ago

    Ha! Nobody wants Cliff Lee’s contract. Are you kidding me? He has been paid almost $15,000,000 per win this year so far and he’s owed more than $100,000,000. Only an idiot would trade for that.

  8. I bet he ends up n Texas…

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