ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting that multiple teams are making trade offers for left handed pitcher Cliff Lee.
It’s unclear which teams are in the mix, but right now the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for starting pitching help.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wouldn’t comment on team’s who were interested in Lee, but said that he’s keeping an open mind with his players. Lee is owed $25 million each season, for the next 2 seasons, while his contract includes a $27.5 million club option for 2016 and a $12.5 million buy out.
He holds the ability to block trades to 21 clubs. The Phillies currently have a 5 game losing streak and have fallen 8 games behind the 1st place Atlanta Braves. If the Philadelphia Phillies do in fact deal Cliff Lee, I think he could possibly end up with the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox were reportedly interested in White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, who has an ERA of 4.28 on the year compared to Cliff Lee’s ERA of 3.05. The asking price for Lee would believed to be high, maybe higher than Peavy’s, but in the end I think it would be worth giving up for getting Lee in their rotation.