Cliff Lee RUMORS & NEWS

  • Lee dazzles, Ruiz rewards Sandberg in Phils' win

    CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg has displayed a little managerial wizardry, a little Ryno Magic, the last couple of days. On Sunday, he used John Mayberry Jr. as a late-game defensive replacement for hard-handed first baseman Ryan Howard. The move proved auspicious when Mayberry dug a ball out of the dirt to..." April 22

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    Jim Salisbury @JSalisburyCSN

    Sandberg names Cliff Lee opening day starter. #Phillies

  • Lee worries about nothing except his next pitch

    Courier-Post "Less than 10 minutes after finishing his two innings, Cliff Lee wanted to get his interviews over with. He’d rather do things quickly than prolong the inevitable. Lee pitches the same way. He doesn’t tarry between throws, and he has no elaborate routine to get ready for the next pitch. For his..." February 28

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Phillies have indicated to other teams they are ready and willing to talk about Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades.

  • Cliff Lee plans to retire once his contract with the Phillies is up

    Hardball Talk "Phillies starter Cliff Lee was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves. The lefty allowed just one run — an eighth-inning Chris Johnson solo home run — in eight innings while striking out 13 and walking none. It was part of an historically-great month of September and an overall..." September 28

  • 'Different' Lee dominates in Phils' win over Fish

    CSN Philly "The slogan on the new T-shirts the Phillies were sporting around the clubhouse on Monday afternoon was perfect. Too perfect given the way Monday night’s 12-2 win over the Marlins unfolded at Citizens Bank Park. On the front of the shirt was a big picture of Cliff Lee’s face his hair sweaty and..." September 17

  • Lee, Galvis lift Phillies over Padres 4-2

    Philly.com "Only one team in the National League has hit fewer home runs than the Phillies and San Diego Padres – the Miami Marlins – but on Wednesday night in South Philly the two light-hitting lineups took advantage of the balmy conditions at home run-friendly Citizens Bank Park and had and ol’ fashioned..." September 12

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Cliff Lee is not getting traded today according to #source

  • Phils could trade Young; Lee deal is unlikely

    Philly.com "At 2:57 on a sunny Tuesday afternoon Michael Young was still a Phillie. He leaned over the dugout railing at an empty ballpark and stared at the field while grounds-crew members manicured the grass. He later practiced ground balls with Cody Asche a man 13 years younger who will steal most of his..." July 31

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    Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo

    From every indication Phillies won't settle for anything less than Bogaerts at the head of any package for Lee

  • Red Sox should deal prospect for Cliff Lee

    Fox Sports "The Red Sox should trade their top prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts to get Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. Trust me Red Sox Nation wouldn’t crumble. Trading a can’t-miss youngster for a starting pitcher who might help you win a World Series is hardly a radical concept and the Red Sox know..." July 30

  • Cliff Lee is on the market, but price is said to be enormous

    CBSSports.com "Cliff Lee's name is "definitely out" there in trade talks and the free-falling Phillies appear to at least be considering trading one of their aces. However the price tag on the veteran lefthander is exteremely high leading some to speculate that ulatimately the Phillies may still still hold..." July 29

  • Will Phillies be able to trade Lee?

    Fox Sports "If it’s July Cliff Lee must be on the trade market. Actually Lee hasn’t been traded during the season since 2010. Chances are he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. But the Phillies are discussing their All-Star left-hander with other clubs according to..." July 29

  • Phillies' GM willing to listen on Cliff Lee

    Sporting News "Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Friday opened the door to trading All-Star left-hander Cliff Lee. Amaro said he owed it to the organization to entertain offers for Lee. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick citing baseball sources reported that teams are making a late push for the 2008..." July 27

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Cliff Lee has been scratched from tomorrow's start because of a stiff neck. Raul Vades gets the start.

  • Phillies receiving multiple offers for Cliff Lee

    ESPN.com "Multiple teams are making a late run at the Philadelphia Phillies with offers for pitcher Cliff Lee as Wednesday's trade deadline nears baseball sources told ESPN.com Friday. Although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to address the extent of other teams' interest in Lee he said..." July 26

  • Cliff Lee's value on the rise, as a keeper or trade chip

    Courier-Post "Cliff Lee brought his 12-year-old son to sit with him in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda for the National League’s 45-minute media availability Monday at Citi Field. Dressed like dad in an All-Star BP jersey, not-so-little Jaxson Lee didn’t seem to be paying much attention to the nonstop questions..." July 16

  • Aggressive Nats lineup takes out Lee, Phillies 5-1

    CSN Washington "As Davey Johnson described the quick-burst offensive attack his Nationals broke out Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over Cliff Lee and the Phillies, the veteran manager noted the good vibe he got watching his guys hit in the cage some five hours earlier. "I really like the way we took BP..." July 11

  • No Phils are untouchable, but price on Lee, Papelbon would be very high

    CBSSports.com "Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro last week responded to a text seeking an interview with six very direct words. "Yes. But I'm not trading anyone.'' Amaro's position is understandable at this time, what with nobody running away yet in the NL East (though the Braves generally have played..." June 24

  • Lee may soon force the trade issue

    Courier-Post "Cliff Lee sat in the clubhouse at Coors Field with Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Papelbon, the three pitchers playing a pre-game contest of Connect Four. Lee won every game he played before retiring. “Nobody in this clubhouse is going to beat me at this game,” Lee said jovially. It’s been hard..." June 15

  • Despite ugly effort, Phillies find a way to win

    Courier-Post "The air was crisp Thursday at Target Field. The temperature hovered in the mid-70s for most of the contest, a rare occurrence in June. It was gorgeous baseball weather. Despite the Phillies’ 3-2 comeback win, which snapped a five-game losing streak, frustration seemed to mount. The pitiful..." June 14

  • Phils' Cliff Lee prepared for another trade

    Fox Sports "Cliff Lee is performing. His team has a losing record. The trade deadline no longer seems far away. The rumors are starting. It happened in 2009, when he went from Cleveland to Philadelphia. It happened in 2010, when he went from Seattle to Texas. You wonder if Lee is thinking, “Here we go..." June 04

  • Orioles won't make play for Lee, Garza and maybe not even Gallardo

    CBSSports.com "Trade speculation is starting, and and it's only natural some are wondering whether the Orioles could have interest in Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo.The Orioles don't seem interested in Matt Garza, and Cliff Lee is out of their price range -- way out -- so it's only natural word is going around that..." June 04

  • Cliff Lee dominates as Phillies top Red Sox 3-1

    Philly.com "The gate to the visitors' bullpen at Fenway Park opened at 9:31 p.m. Jonathan Papelbon paused there as the noise emanated from right field. He took two steps and jogged onto the field of the 101-year-old stadium. The Dropkick Murphys soundtrack was replaced by boos from people who once idolized..." May 29

  • Phillies sink Marlins 3-0 behind Delmon Young, Lee

    Philly.com "When morale was at its lowest, approximately 46 hours before Delmon Young smashed yet another home run, Charlie Manuel attempted to justify his faith in this Phillies lineup. It was Monday, the atrocious Miami Marlins had just confounded his offense, and Manuel clutched at words. "The history..." May 23

  • Cliff Lee combines on two-hit shutout

    Courier-Post "Cliff Lee doesn’t waste much time. A famously quick worker, Lee spends few seconds in between pitches, a dream for fans of short baseball games. Pitch, get the ball back, repeat. Lee did nothing Thursday to sully that reputation and wasted no time in breezing through the Atlanta Braves’..." April 05

  • The Phillies scene: Cliff Lee shines; Lopez hit hard

    CSN Philly "OK, so it was a minor-league game. But, still, any time a pitcher goes six innings, doesn’t allow a run or a walk and strikes out nine, it’s pretty impressive. That’s what Cliff Lee did to a group of upper-level Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands Monday afternoon at Carpenter Complex. “I felt..." March 19

  • Cliff Lee battles elements in loss, but feels good

    CSN Philly "It didn’t take long to figure out if the small-craft wind advisory would have an affect on Saturday afternoon’s game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. In fact, it only took a few pitches from Blue Jays’ starter R.A. Dickey to notice which way the wind was blowing. The Phillies’ first four..." March 03

  • Lee sees better days ahead

    Courier-Post "Three “aces” up, three aces down. Cliff Lee made his first appearance of the spring Monday, tossing a painless two innings of no-hit baseball. He struck out two, walked one and allowed no runs. But at this point, Lee is almost on the backburner in the Phillies’ starting rotation. Cole Hamels..." February 26

  • Cliff Lee primed for more wins in 2013

    CSN Philly "A win-loss record can be a superficial measurement of a pitcher’s season. Cliff Lee showed that in 2012. He was a much better pitcher than his 6-9 record, and he knows that. Still, Lee winces a little when he sees that six in the win column. It’s a pride thing. “Yeah,” Lee said when asked..." February 26

  • Cliff Lee: Rangers took Young for granted

    ESPN.com "Cliff Lee and Michael Young weren't teammates for long in Texas -- only for a few months in 2010. But now that they're together again in Philadelphia, Lee says he, and others, were "baffled" by the way the Rangers treated Young in his final few years with the team. Lee described Young on Monday..." February 25

  • Tigers' Drew Smyly says he's excited by start vs. Phillies' Cliff Lee

    Detroit Free Press "When is an exhibition game more than an exhibition game? How about when the pitcher you are starting against is from the same part of Arkansas as you, is a model for you, and now has become an acquaintance and occasional off-season workout partner? These will be the circumstances of the..." February 24

  • Lee and Hamels: Statistical Twins (But Not In Wins)

    The Good Phight "I'd like to think that most people would see Cliff Lee's and Cole Hamels' 2012 seasons as a kind of death knell for the pitching "win" as a thing. One (it doesn't even matter which) threw 215 ? innings, another 211; one gave up 79 runs, one 80. One posted a 131 ERA+, one 127. In runs-allowed..." December 18

  • Buckley: Ellsbury-for-Lee seems 'way too optimistic'

    CSN New England "With the Boston Red Sox making several outfield signings, many have wondered about the fate of Jacoby Ellsbury. On Wednesday, former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling posed a trade idea between his two teams: Ellsbury for pitcher Cliff Lee. On Wednesday's Sports..." December 06

  • Lee would benefit from another bat

    Courier-Post "For as much right as Cliff Lee did this season, he didn't get much in return. The pitcher's line from Wednesday's season-ending loss would be enough to win most games: six innings pitched, eight hits, three earned runs, seven strikeouts and no walks. Lee, however, received one measly run from..." October 04

  • Hopefully Cliff Lee realizes wins are a dumb stat for pitchers

    Hardball Talk "Cliff Lee just tossed six innings of three-run ball in his final start of the season and has so often been the case he took a loss because the Phillies' lineup scored all of one run. Lee finishes the year with a 3.16 ERA and 207/28 K/BB ratio in 211 innings. And he's going to wind up with a..." October 03

  • Hudson Wins 16th, Braves Earn One-Run Victory Over Phillies

    Talking Chop "Tim Hudson had one of his best games of the year, besting Cliff Lee in the finale of their three-game series with Phillies by allowing just two hits and pitching into the eighth inning. He earned his 16th win of the season in the process, helping the Braves earn a 2-1 victory. Atlanta struck..." September 23

  • Phils' streak at seven thanks to Rollins, Lee

    MLB.com "This feels remarkably familiar. Jimmy Rollins is hitting baseballs everywhere, and the Phillies are making an improbable climb from a crater of a deficit in the standings. This same thing happened in 2007, when Rollins won the National League Most Valuable Player Award and Philadelphia overcame..." September 12

  • Lee looks like old self, tosses gem vs. Braves

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee's gem against the Atlanta Braves was cut short by a cramp in his left hamstring. "No big deal," said the lefthander, who says "no big deal" to just about everything. A couple of months ago, Lee might have had a little salt poured in that cramp. A couple of months ago, nothing went..." September 02

  • Be-Lee-ve It: Phils can sweep Braves

    Courier-Post "Cliff Lee got some rare run support. That's all he needed. Lee threw five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday. "It looks like he enjoyed pitching," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had a four- or..." September 02

  • Is Cliff Lee throwing too many strikes?

    CSN Philly "Charlie Manuel was correct last Saturday when he said after the Phillies' 4-1 loss that questions of whether Cliff Lee throws too many strikes only arise when he doesn't win. "If he gets hit, that's when you talk about it, that he throws too many strikes," Manuel said. "But that's also the..." August 16

  • Problems persist for Lee, offense in loss

    CSN Philly "When we look back at Cliff Lee's 2012 season, two themes will stand out: a glaring lack of run support and quick, violent shifts from dominance to distress. Lee again looked brilliant for an extended period of time Saturday night – he retired 12 batters in a row from the second inning through..." August 12

  • Lee still a member of the Phillies

    Courier-Post "Cliff Lee remained a Phillie Sunday, and the Phillies remained nearly incapable of getting him a victory. They won anyway, tying the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning and prevailing in the ninth 5-4 on Ryan Howard's one-out, bases-loaded single. By that time, the hard-luck Lee was..." August 06

  • Lee Not Expected To Be Moved

    ESPN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers were the mystery team that put a claim in on Cliff Lee, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Friday. But Lee won't be heading to Los Angeles any time soon, because, said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., the 33-year-old left-hander "isn't going..." August 04

  • Report: Cliff Lee claimed off waivers by Dodgers

    Los Angeles Times "According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers but is unlikely to be traded. This comes on the heels of the news that the Phillies traded Joe Blanton to the Dodgers. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would not confirm..." August 03

  • Cliff Lee placed on waivers

    Philly.com "The Phillies placed Cliff Lee on trade waivers, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports, merely standard procedure this time of year. Most teams place a majority of their players on waivers after Aug. 1 regardless if they intend on trading them or not. Lee is likely to go unclaimed because he is..." August 02

  • Phillies not dealing pitcher Cliff Lee

    ESPN.com "The Philadelphia Phillies have taken pitcher Cliff Lee off the trade market, multiple sources have told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. There were rumblings Monday that the Texas Rangers were in the mix to acquire Lee before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. A source told ESPN The..." July 31

  • Reports: Cliff Lee to Rangers 'not going to happen'; talks 'never gained momentum'

    Dallas Morning News "With the MLB trade deadline less than 24 hours away, another potential ace has seemingly moved out of reach for the Rangers. According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, a Cliff Lee to the Rangers trade is "not going to happen" and that a deal that complex would be better suited for the off-season." July 31

  • Cliff Lee won't be coming to Yankees as MLB trade deadline approaches, source says

    New York Daily News "When word began to spread Monday that the Phillies have been actively trying to shop Cliff Lee before the trade deadline, many assumed the Yankees would be one of the biggest suitors for the former Cy Young winner. Not so fast. The Yankees have been down this road before — twice, actually —..." July 31

  • Cashman: Yankees aren't players for Cliff Lee

    MLB.com "Two years ago, the Yankees nearly wrestled Cliff Lee away from the Mariners before seeing him head to the Rangers instead. With rumors swirling that the left-hander could again be available for the right price, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman lightheartedly shot down any suggestion that his..." July 30