Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Xander Bogaerts Holding Up Cliff Lee Trade To Boston Red Sox?

By Marilee Gallagher
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Cliff Lee is on the trading block, but he really only has just one suitor: the Boston Red Sox.

In a search for pitching depth, the Red Sox have been connected with Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox and Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. While the interest for both pitchers has certainly been there, something has been standing in the way of a possible trade.

His name is Xander Bogaerts.

Both the Phillies and White Sox have shown interest in Bogaerts, who is widely regarded as the Red Sox’ best prospect. While Boston is willing to offer the Phillies two top-10 prospects in return for Lee according to John Tomase of the Boston Herald, Bogaerts is considered a non-starter and completely off the table.

From the Phillies’ perspective, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the team will not settle for anything less than a deal that is headlined by Bogaerts. That is something that both the Phillies and Red Sox do not plan on budging on.

For as much as Boston could use Lee to bolster their stating rotation, the 20-year-old shortstop Bogaerts is their top prospect and one that the team hopes they can build their future around. And with their own farm system being relatively bare, it certainly seems the Phillies have been thinking the same way.

Marilee Gallagher is a baseball writer for You can follow her on Twitter @MGallagher17 like her page on Facebook, or join her network on Google.

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