Posted December 10, 2013

Phillies reportedly shopping Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels

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Cliff Lee is being sought after by multiple teams. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Frequent trade target Cliff Lee was 14-8 for the Phillies in 2013 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Phillies are open to trading Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Olney tweeted that the Phillies have let teams know their front-line starting pitchers are available.

The Phillies appear willing to deal Lee and/or Hamels if it helps them get younger in an effort to rebound from last season’s disappointing 73-89 record and fourth-place finish and keep up with the Braves and Nationals in the National League East.

Hamels, 30, signed a seven-year, $153 million extension a year and a half ago. He was 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA in 220 innings in 2013.

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Lee, 35, was 14-8 with a 2.37 ERA in 222.2 innings last season. His acquisition in 2010 gave the Phillies what was arguably the majors’ best starting rotation in 2011. The Phillies’ horrendous start to the 2013 season quickly made Lee a trade target.


4 comments
tracejuno
tracejuno

You think Cliff Lee is a bitter man, getting traded or almost traded all the time? A bitter, rich man?

ken.raining
ken.raining

PLEASE don't let Ruben Amaro make these trades.  He won't get value back.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

LOL!  RAJ is a complete moron and should've moved Lee 2 years ago (to the Dodgers, etc.) so those prospects would be MLB ready by end of '14 / beginning of 2015.  He even could've moved Lee by the deadline last year when his stock was super high.


RAJ Jr. hasn't made a single good move except fire Charlie Manuel, and he botched that too.