Cliff Lee Expects Philadelphia Phillies to Trade Him Before Deadline

By Dan Parzych
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Other than the breakout of Domonic Brown, the 2013 season for the Philadelphia Phillies has certainly been a frustrating one as they currently sit in third place in the NL East with a 28-30 record. From the offense being inconsistent to numerous injuries from key players, it should be no surprise to see the Phillies in this current position and with the deadline less than two months away, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they shipped out some of their star players to “rebuild” for the future. One player that expects to be on his way out–Cliff Lee. In a recent interview, Lee discussed how he pretty much expected to be traded once the deadline rolls around as he realizes he’s the team’s best option for trade bait at the moment. It’s no secret Philadelphia has been focusing on rebuilding over the last couple of seasons and right now Lee is arguably their best pitcher in the rotation–which is why it isn’t a surprise to hear Lee make these comments. Not only are the Phillies far from the dominant team from a few years ago, but keeping Lee around wouldn’t be cheap either. There are plenty of playoff contenders that would love to have a player like Lee join their roster and depending on what they would offer in return–it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Phillies did push hard for a trade. Lee is currently 7-2 on the season with a 2.45 ERA and is coming off another impressive win last weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers in which he recorded 11 strikeouts. The trade deadline is right around the corner and depending on what happens for the Phillies over the next two months–it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team ended up shipping Lee out again. “Like” Dan Parzych on Facebook

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