The Philadelphia Phillies are dangling left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee out in the market and seeing if any teams are going to bite, even though Lee has a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Boston Red Sox could be one of those teams; however, Lee is not worth what the Phillies would be asking.
Philadelphia would want Boston’s top infield prospect Xander Bogaerts, who is is part of the Red Sox’ future. He is blocked at second base by Dustin Pedroia and at third base by Jose Iglesias, but the latter could also play multiple positions if he needs to, which means Bogaerts would be the next shortstop in Boston’s future.
Giving him up for a 34-year-old pitcher does not make sense.
With the Phillies, Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Boston has gotten to the top of the AL East without Lee, and they could progress without him this season and toward the future.
Bogaerts is batting .298/.396/.495 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He has a bright future and there will be a lot of expectations put upon him to make an impact, especially with the recent success of divisional rival Baltimore Orioles‘ Manny Machado.
Trading for Lee would be a wasteful move — and who knows if Lee would even allow a trade.