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Cliff Lee | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
Contract: view contract details

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are willing to absorb part of Cliff Lee's contract in a trade if they get the right prospects in return.
It's no surprise, of course, given that Lee is guaranteed more than anyone else in baseball through the end of next season (roughly $48 million) and hasn't pitched well in two starts since returning from an elbow injury. The veteran left-hander could be dealt next month, as he is expected to clear waivers. Jul 30 - 1:59 PM

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ESPN's Buster Olney was told by rival evaluators that the July 31 trade deadline doesn't apply to Cliff Lee because he'll clear waivers and can be dealt in August.

It makes sense, as Olney notes that Lee is making $25 million this season, is owed $25 million in 2015 and has a $12.5 million buyout on his $27.5 million club option for 2016. All told, he's guaranteed at least $48 million over the next 1 1/3 seasons, which will scare most every team off. Because he can be dealt in August, Lee will have more time to show he's healthy after missing two months due to a flexor strain in his left elbow.
Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

Jerry Crasnick of reports that Cliff Lee can be traded to the Braves, Indians, Astros, Marlins, Twins, Mets, Padres, Rays, and Nationals without his consent.

You'll notice that there are four teams from the NL East on his list, but the Phillies would be unlikely to deal him to any of those teams anyway. Meanwhile, most of the others likely couldn't afford him, so there's a mix of strategy and preference in his list. Lee has 20 teams on his no-trade list, but it's still possible that he could waive it if the right situation presents itself. The veteran southpaw struggled in his return from the disabled list Monday, so a trade appears unlikely right now. The Phillies might be better off waiting until August or potentially the offseason.
Jul 22 - 8:56 AM

Cliff Lee struggled through 5 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list, giving up six runs and 12 hits in a loss to the Giants.

Lee's velocity is typically in the 89-92 mph range when healthy, but he was working more at 86-89 mph tonight. Combine that with the fact that he still has some rust to shake, and he proved very hittable in his return. He gets the Diamondbacks next time out, so keep him active in mixed leagues for now.
Jul 21 - 11:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Angels, Royals, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Pirates have scouts in Philadelphia Monday.

Cliff Lee, of course, is making his return from the disabled list Monday and will be a prime trade candidate this month if he can show he's healthy. Crasnick notes that he's not sure which teams are scouting Lee and which are there for regular coverage. It's also not clear whether it's a complete list. One team noticeably absent is the Yankees, a club that many expect to make a run at Lee.
Jul 21 - 6:22 PM

Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

Lee missed over two months with an elbow strain. He will return to the Phillies' starting rotation on Monday night against the Giants and has two turns before the July 31 trade deadline to prove his health. He'll be an attractive name on the block if he pitches well.
Jul 21 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there is a "strong belief" the Phillies would "much prefer" to trade Cliff Lee rather than Cole Hamels.

It jibes with previous reports that the club isn't looking to trade Hamels, who also isn't anxious to waive his no-trade rights. Lee, though, has indicated a willingness to waive his no-trade clause and is also under team control for three fewer years than Hamels. Recovering from an elbow injury, Lee obviously will need to show he's healthy before teams consider dealing for him. He's slated to rejoin Philly's rotation on Monday.
Jul 18 - 10:42 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) was lit up for eight runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk over just 4 2/3 innings in his final rehab start for High-A Clearwater on Monday.

He also hit a batter and gave up a home run. An error was made behind Lee to start off the game, but the veteran left-hander obviously wasn't able to pitch around it. There's been no word on Lee's velocity or how he felt, but clearly these weren't the results the Phillies were looking for in Lee's final tune-up before rejoining the rotation on July 21.
Jul 14 - 8:32 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is on track to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on July 21 versus the Giants.

He originally had been pegged for a July 19 return, but the Phils will apparently give him a couple extra days. Lee will make what will be his final rehab start at High-A Clearwater on Monday, provided he doesn't have a setback. He has allowed three runs over six innings in his first two rehab outings.
Jul 13 - 12:07 PM

Phillies transferred LHP Cliff Lee from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a paper move, as Lee will be eligible to return on July 18 and is slated to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on July 19. The veteran left-hander allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater in his second rehab start. He'll make one more rehab appearance before returning.
Jul 10 - 8:48 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater.

Lee needed just 32 pitches to get through the first three frames, fanning two and inducing six groundouts. He then got knocked around in the fourth inning, but some of the blame goes to the High-A Clearwater defenders. The veteran left-hander is on track to return from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since mid-May because of a left elbow strain.
Jul 10 - 10:42 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) will make his next minor league rehab start Wednesday with High-A Clearwater.

Lee was only able to throw two innings Sunday during his first rehab start because of rain, so he'll pitch on short rest. The southpaw remains on track to rejoin the Phillies shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 5:22 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) threw two scoreless innings in his rehab debut Sunday at High-A Clearwater.

Lee was hoping to pitch three or four innings, but the game was cut short by rain. "I felt fine," Lee told reporters after his outing. "I threw two cutters and everything else was a fastball. You could see the weather coming, so I was trying to hurry." He should be back in the Phillies' starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 8:45 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday.

Lee will make his first start at High-A Clearwater. He threw 60 pitches over a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday and woke up Wednesday with no physical issues. The ace left-hander has been on the disabled list since mid-May because of a strained elbow. He should be back in the Phillies' rotation after the All-Star break.
Jul 2 - 5:48 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is on track to begin a rehab assignment at High-A Clearwater on Sunday.

He'll officially be cleared if he wakes up with no discomfort on Wednesday, a day after throwing a 60-pitch live batting practice session. Lee has been sidelined since mid-May with a flexor strain in his left elbow but should rejoin the Phillies' rotation in a couple weeks if he can avoid setbacks.
Jul 1 - 6:29 PM

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C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Phillippe Aumont