Cliff Lee RUMORS & NEWS

  • Why Cliff Lee escaped the Ryan Howard-level of criticism

    CSN Philly "On Tuesday, the day it came out that Cliff Lee was probably retiring, I got two emails about the former ace left-hander the Phillies are still paying. The first argued that it was a disgrace Lee didn't offer back to the Phillies the $25 million he made in 2015 and the $12.5M buyout he's due in..." February 25

  • Cliff Lee’s career is over

    Hardball Talk "Cliff Lee hasn’t pitched since the end of July 2014 due to a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow and sat out all last year recovering. His contract ended when the Phillies bought out his 2016 option. In the last month or so word has been that Lee was at least tentatively looking to come back,..." February 23

  • Teams reluctant to gamble on Cliff Lee

    Hardball Talk "In Saturday’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo suggests that free agent Cliff Lee is seeking a guaranteed major league deal between $6 and $8 million plus incentives. That is turning some otherwise interested teams away, as the lefty is still recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his..." February 08

  • Lee would need right fit to pitch in 2016

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent pitcher Cliff Lee would need a “perfect fit” in order to leave home and make a comeback, agent Darek Braunecker told MLB Network Radio (audio link). Braunecker also said that he isn’t certain whether Lee will do a full showcase workout for teams but whenever (or however) he does show..." January 03

  • Cliff Lee drawing interest from 15 teams

    The Score "After sitting out the entire 2015 campaign, Cliff Lee is poised to return to the majors next season. The veteran southpaw is drawing interest from 15 teams, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Lee was released by the Philadelphia Phillies last March following a recurring flexor tendon..." December 08

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Cliff Lee has been throwing and he's received medical clearance. If he finds the right fit, he will pitch in 2016.

  • Phillies Decline Club Option On Cliff Lee

    MLB Trade Rumors "As had been expected, the Phillies have declined their club option on lefty Cliff Lee, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports on Twitter. The veteran will receive a $12.5MM buyout on the option, which was valued at $27.5MM. At one point, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Lee’s option would be..." November 03

  • The Phillies, unsurprisingly, won’t pick up Cliff Lee’s $27.5 million option for 2016

    MLB.com "The Phillies will scatter across the Americas following their final game of the season Oct. 4. Cliff Lee scattered long ago. He has been home in Arkansas since March, when the Phillies announced his second attempt to rehabilitate a torn common flexor tendon in his left elbow did not work..." September 27

  • Cliff Lee — remember him? — is not ready to start throwing

    CSN Philly "The Phillies placed pitcher Jerome Williams on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Wednesday. They need a pitcher for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Before you ask, it won’t be Aaron Nola. He will go ahead and make his Triple A debut Thursday night. “No,”..." June 18

  • Cliff Lee placed on disabled list, season in question

    Philly.com "Cliff Lee’s future became dimmer on Monday when the Phillies placed him on the disabled list and sent him home from spring training. Lee, 36, was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Doctors have recommended surgery, which would ultimately end Lee’s season. Instead,..." March 17

  • Lee holding out hope on elbow

    Courier-Post "At some point, every player must face his own baseball mortality. Sometimes a pitcher can see it approaching as he finds himself in a gradual decline until he realizes it’s time to leave the game. But for others, including the Phillies’ veteran left-hander Cliff Lee, the end can be..." March 12

  • Why the Yankees are so lucky Cliff Lee stayed with the Phillies

    New York Post "The current rotation concerns of the Yankees and Rangers could be worse — Cliff Lee could have accepted one of the two highest total bids in December 2010. Lee turned down the Yankees’ seven-year, $150 million offer and the six year, $138 million bid of the Rangers — the teams viewed as the..." March 11

  • Cliff Lee forced to ponder baseball mortality

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee knows the scalpel is looming. He’s going to do his best to avoid it. “If I have surgery, the season is over, so we’re going to try to go out there and throw and see if I can get through it,” he said after hearing back from orthopedist James Andrews on Tuesday. Lee has been shut..." March 11

  • Phillies GM: Lee Injury Doesn’t Change Stance On Hamels

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cliff Lee‘s season — and possibly his career — is in jeopardy due to a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow, effectively eliminating him as a trade chip for the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. The Philadelphia GM told ESPN’s Jayson Stark, however, that losing one of his two ace-caliber trade chips..." March 11

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    Jim Salisbury @JSalisburyCSN

    Cliff Lee still has tear in flexor tendon. Will try to throw for a short period of time and see if improves. If not surgery likely

  • Lee injury confirmed; Phillies not optimistic

    Covers.com "Philadelphia Phillies officials consulted with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews about starting pitcher Cliff Lee's elbow and the prognosis was not good. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday the club is "not terribly optimistic" that the 36-year-old left-hander will be able to avoid..." March 10

  • Cliff Lee's career could end if he needs elbow surgery

    Philly.com "Cliff Lee said on Monday that if he opts to have surgery on his left elbow, he would likely miss the rest of the season and possibly more. “It would be 6-8 months out,” Lee said. “So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have..." March 09

  • Cliff Lee faces hitters, ready for next step

    Philly.com "After throwing off the mound with the rest of the Phillies projected starting rotation on Thursday, the first day of official workouts in Clearwater, Cliff Lee did not join Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang and company when they were back on the bumps Saturday. The Phillies are being cautious with Lee,..." February 25

  • Cliff Lee to the Red Sox? Report says it's possible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have made their desire to rebuild no secret over the winter, and the ultimate move towards achieving that end would be to trade left-handed ace Cole Hamels. However, after trade talks between the Phillies, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox stalled in recent weeks, Cliff Lee would..." February 25

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    Ryan Lawrence @ryanlawrence21

    Cliff Lee recently had bronchitis, so it briefly put his winter throwing program on hold.

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    Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan

    Cliff Lee has already thrown off a mound three or four times, Ruben Amaro Jr. just said. On track for spring training.

  • Report: Phillies LHP Lee done for season but won't need elbow surgery

    Fox Sports "Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will not pitch again this season but will avoid surgery on his injured elbow, MLB.com reports. Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his most recent start on July 31. That was his third..." August 07

  • Cliff Lee likely done for season as locker is cleaned out in Phillies clubhouse

    The Score "Cliff Lee's locker at Citizens Bank Park was cleaned out before Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, a foreboding sign that suggests the injured 35-year-old will not return this season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee returned from the disabled list July 21 after missing more than two..." August 07

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    Matt Gelb @MattGelb

    Cliff Lee is exiting the game with an injury.

  • Phillies said willing to pay down part of Cliff Lee's contract in trade

    CBS Sports "The Phillies are said to be willing to pay down some of Cliff Lee's rather large and backloaded contract to facilitate a trade, if they can get the right prospects. Lee is the highest-paid player in baseball through next year in terms of guarantee (about $48 million), and with him just back for..." July 30

  • Stock Watch: Lester enters fray; Phils' Lee, Howard may be untradeable

    CBS Sports "Red Sox ace Jon Lester zooms to the top in his first week of consideration in a trade-deadline edition of Stock Watch. With the Red Sox now listening to overtures on their ace, Lester is now finally eligible to make the prestigious list in July; there's no doubt he qualifies based on..." July 28

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Rival evaluators saying July 31 trade deadline doesn't apply to Cliff Lee, because he'll clear waivers; guaranteed $48m for next 1 1/3 yrs.

  • The eyes of baseball focus on Cliff Lee tonight

    CSN Philly "The market for starting pitchers will get a little more interesting on Monday night. Actually it could get a lot more interesting if Cliff Lee pitches well. The left-hander will come off the disabled list to face the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank..." July 21

  • Growing sense is Phillies would prefer to trade Lee than Hamels

    CBS Sports "The strong belief, based on talks so far with the Phillies, is that the team would much prefer to trade Cliff Lee than Cole Hamels. But, as one rival GM said, "Cliff Lee isn't pitching. So how can you make a deal for him today?" That is a fair point, but Lee is expected back soon from an..." July 18

  • Cliff Lee shelled in 3rd rehab start at Clearwater

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee struggled in his third rehab start at Clearwater, allowing eight runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Only three of Lee's runs against the Palm Beach Cardinals were earned. Five came across in the first inning, which was extended by J.P. Crawford's error at shortstop. Four of those..." July 15

  • Cliff Lee likely won’t return until after all-star break

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee is unlikely to return to the Phillies’ starting pitching rotation until after the all-star break. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee would pitch Wednesday for Single A Clearwater. Amaro said Lee would probably require one more minor-league rehab start after that, likely five..." July 08

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Cliff Lee will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Clearwater.

  • Phillies Notes: Cliff Lee ready to face hitters

    CSN Philly "The Phillies have pegged Friday as the day for Cliff Lee to face hitters in a simulated game, which is essentially batting practice at full speed. Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with an elbow strain, is ready to graduate to facing some hitters after throwing for almost two weeks on flat..." June 26

  • If Phillies deal Lee, they need MLB-ready talent

    CSN Philly "The release of Tyson Gillies on Sunday was the latest reminder of just how poor the Phillies' return was in the December 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. Two of the three players the Phillies acquired have since been released, and Phillippe Aumont has failed three different times to..." June 24

  • Cliff Lee throws off mound, eyes July return

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee says he has made excellent strides in his recovery from an elbow strain over the last few days. The left-hander was able throw from a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list and he was pleased with the results. “It feels real good,” said Lee, who..." June 18

  • A small step for Cliff Lee in rehab process

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee has made a small, but positive, step in his recovery from a strained left elbow. Lee made 35-40 tosses Tuesday in what he called “a light throwing” session. It was the first time he’d thrown since he made his last start May 18. He was placed on the disabled list two days later with a..." June 12

  • Cliff Lee still sore, not yet cleared to throw

    CSN Philly "When the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list a week ago, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expressed some hope that the left-hander would be ready to pitch by the time the DL stint was over on June 3. Amaro acknowledged Monday that Lee will need more time than that. How much..." May 26

  • 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

    CBS Sports "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