Ruben Amaro Jr., the Philadelphia Phillies general manager, said on Tuesday that there is a “very little chance” that Cliff Lee will be traded before the non-waiver trade deadline on Wednesday. There has been a lot of interest in the pitcher, with eight teams showing it publicly. Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles (Dodgers), Pittsburgh, and St. Louis are in serious need of a starting pitcher, and were seen to be the main destinations for Lee.
The big issue with Lee’s possible trade is his contract. He signed a 5 year/$120 million extension back in 2010. He is to be paid $25 million each year from now (2013) to 2015. The Red Sox were considered to be ok with the idea of taking on this monstrous contract, however they are hesitant because it seems the Phillies want more. Boston has some key prospects that they have lined up for the future, and are both afraid and unwilling to part with them a this time.
So as it stands right now, Cliff Lee may be staying with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are currently in third place in the division, twelve games back out of first place in the NL East.