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.
Underrated Astro McHugh is the Key to Team Success
Collin McHugh has flown under the radar while quietly racking up 13 wins and bringing consistency to the Houston Astros' starting rotation. Read More
MLB Power Rankings: Teams With the Most Star Power
There are a lot of stars in major league baseball, but some teams have more than others. Here are MLB power rankings based on which teams have the most star power. Read More
SF Giants: 5 Bold Predictions For The Rest Of 2015
The San Francisco Giants have an opportunity to cement their legacy as one of baseball's most prestigious dynasties. Read More
Orioles Can't Afford Poor Second Half From Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez is struggling since the All-Star break for the Baltimore Orioles. If he can't turn things around, the O's will be on the outside of the AL playoff picture. Read More