7.29.2009

Cliff Lee Will Wear Red Pinstripes [Updated]

Lee might be headed out of Cleveland.

I think Ruben Amaro Jr. feels pretty bad for botching that whole Roy Halladay thing. Maybe that's why the Philadelphia Phillies have proposed a trade with the Cleveland Indians for the next best thing: staff ace Cliff Lee.

The Indians are definitely selling at this point, so it's not like this trade is completely out of the question. But what would the Phils offer in return? Not Kyle Drabek, that's for sure. And it better be good for Cleveland to shop their best hurler.

The defending World Series champs have apparently offered the Tribe a package deal, and judging from the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs' lineup card for Wednesday, right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson -- all scratched from today's game -- could be moved.

This information is, of course, via a source close to team negotiations, who would rather remain anonymous so he/she doesn't get canned.

With the non-waiver deadline sneaking up on us this Friday, it'll be interesting to see what goes down. Lee's response to the trade rumors?
"If everything written was true, I would have been traded about 12 times by now."
We'll see about that, Clifford.

Update: According to pretty much the entire internet, Lee has been traded along with left fielder Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for the above-mentioned minor leaguers. The kicker was throwing 6'5", 18-year-old Class-A righty Jason Knapp into the mix. He's pretty awesome, I guess.

I'm gonna go ahead and high-five the Tribe for getting this deal done. You guys ditched an aging, though still great, pitcher (sorry Cleveland fans, I know it stings at first) but came out on top. And it'll show in the long run -- the very, very long run.

P.S. Here's a follow-up to the whole Erin Andrew mess, but this time with a hatred-fueled spin by the ladies from Playing the Field.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't see this trade happening. Sure, the Indians might be sellers, but they're not give-awayers.

Anonymous said...

If he does? Way to go Blue Jays.

Sean said...

According to Anonymous #1, I guess they are give-awayers

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9866900/Sources:-Phils-reach-agreement-for-Indians%27-Lee

Megs said...

Oh Sean, everyone knows Ken Rosenthal makes up everything he reports. Right Sooze?

Sooze said...

That's right Megs. He's a god damn midget liar. :) In this case however, he's right. As far as I can tell, the deal's done, and righty Jason Knapp will also be sent along with the other 3 minor leaguers.

cfaddct said...

It's a done deal. Lee to Philly for prospects.

The BEEZE said...

I'm sad to see Cliff go...Him and Francisco for 4 prospects...I'm so tired of the Indians never-ending rebuild!

www.buyingachampionship.com said...

I don't think Ruben botched anything. In fact, I think J.P. Retardi up in Toronto is probably pissing his pants about whether or not he'll have a job in the future.

On the other hand, there is always the possibility that the Phillies reach out to the Jays today and offer up Cliff Lee and J.A. Happ for Halladay. Who knows...

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