Cliff Lee: Should The Phillies Consider Trading Their Ace?

Cliff Lee is a man that’s been traded ALOT, including by the Philadelphia Phillies a few years ago. He’s no stranger to it, and it goes to show what teams think of the left handed star. The Philadelphia Phillies recently lost Roy Halladay to a Lat Muscle injury, and have been without the ailing Chase Utley (knee) and Ryan Howard (achillies) all year. The Phillies have won a world series, and been a mainstay in the NL east for several years now. They’ve decimated the farm system over the years making their MLB team as best as possible, so with all the injuries- they haven’t had suitable replacements.

This leads me to the question: should the Phillies consider trading Cliff Lee? The short answer is yes, but only if they’re getting a ridiculous package of players back. There are several teams that are going to need starting pitching at the trade deadline, and I question whether the Phillies can win it all this year- even with their current roster. Guys are getting older, and contracts are getting more expensive. The Phillies gave it a great run, but it’s time to at least consider rebuilding a bad farm system.

They also have guys like Cole Hamels (who is younger than Lee) and Vance Worley still around to form a solid 1-3 with a better system of young talent.

It’s not a terrible idea, and I don’t want to make the Phillies seem desperate. It still should be considered because Cliff Lee could bring a haul back. The Phillies should only pull the trigger if it’s a can’t pass up offer, and I doubt they get it.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Phillies can rebound from all the injuries, but I doubt trading Lee never crossed the mind of Ruben Amaro.

It should make for a very entertaining few months as we get closer to the trade deadline.

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  • Julia

    Are you insane? Lee is a non-issue. The ONLY problem with the Phils, besides the injuries, is consistency probably due to the injuries. Getting rid of their best players won’t help their cause this season.

    • gilgerard

      Are you insane for not caring much about the next 6 7 years? The Phillies aren’t going to win this year- sorry. Not going to happen. The injuries plus a real tough division makes it tough.

      Did you also not pay much attention to where I said: they should CONSIDER it. That’s all. Consider it. If they don’t CONSIDER it- the Phillies are going to be bad for a few years becuase they have no farm system and their core is getting older.

      CONSIDER it. If that’s insane- than yes. I am insane.

  • codyswartz

    Tony Amaro?

    • Ryan

      The major part this article misses is that Cliff Lee, wanting to play in Philly, sick of all the trades, and wanting a World Series, had a partial no-trade clause on his contract. Between that and the remaining contract amount, good luck finding a matching suitor. If any team is going to commit that kind of money to a Phillies pitcher, they’ll just wait for the offseason and sign Hamels instead.

      • gilgerard

        That’s fair Ryan. Keep in mind, this article was written from the viewpoint of the Phillies organization, and not from the players. If I were Cliff Lee, I wouldn’t want to be traded either. Since his no trade clause is partial, the Phillies could trade him to a team not on that if they wanted and/or get a good return.

        All I’m saying is this. The Phillies likely are CONSIDERING it. Just as most teams CONSIDER trading a lot of players. It’s VERY unlikely Lee get’s traded- but it wouldn’t shock me if he does.

        • Mitchell

          I agree. Players move 365. The rangers have one of the top farm systems. They have a lot of young talent that could be traded. Lee is familiar with Texas so that could be a good fit.