Jul 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors: Phillies shopping Cliff Lee, price is ridiculously high

The Philadelphia Phillies have been adamant about not trading elite pitcher Cliff Lee, but that tone appears to be changing as we get closer and closer to the MLB trade deadline.

Now the Phillies sound open to trading Lee, but the price seems a bit high.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports sports has the report:

“He’s telling people it’ll take you three or four best prospects, plus you’d have to take all the money,” one competing executive said of Phillies GM Ruben Amaro.

Another executive put it thusly, “You’d have to give up your first born, second and third born, too.”

In other words don’t expect Lee to get moved. There is not a contender out there that has enough in terms of value to actually rip Lee away from Philadelphia.

If someone does emerge as a serious candidate to trade for Lee at this point, it’ll have to come at the expense of the franchise’s future for a long, long time.

At this point expect Lee to stay in Philadelphia.


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