Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee to Arizona Diamondbacks?

31 07 2012

By Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

With the trade deadline just a few hours away, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to acquire an ace pitcher.

  • The Diamondbacks may have discussed a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies involving Cliff Lee and Justin Upton, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Felix Hernandez could also be on the D-Backs’ radar. It’s unclear whether either player is available, however. The Mariners front office has been adamant about keeping Hernandez, and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick recently said there was a good chance Upton will remain with the team through the deadline. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman checked with Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who said he hasn’t changed his mind about trading Hernandez.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies willingness to trade Cliff Lee, and the Red Sox willingness to deal Josh Beckett shows how much each team wants to restructure their finances, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Sherman also notes that the New York Yankees are unlikely to make a big move. Read the rest of this entry »
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Cliff Lee Reaches Deal With Phillies

14 12 2010

Cliff Lee has reached a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple sources.  Just hours ago it was reported that the Phillies had become serious suitors in the Lee sweepstakes after weeks of speculation focused on whether Lee would join the Cliff Lee Signs With Philadelphia PhilliesYankees or remain with the Rangers.  Many sources had reported that there was a mystery third team involved but few believed it to be true.  MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan was the first to report the surprise signing.  According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal with the Phillies is for 5 years at approximately $20 million per year.  If this is true, Lee left a lot of money on the table in order to return to the City of Brotherly Love.

Lee will join a rotation that already includes Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and National League 2010 Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay.  If all four men remain healthy, it could arguably be the best rotation in the history of Major League Baseball.





Phils Want To Bring Back Cliff Lee

7 12 2010

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman says that the Phillies are talking about bringing back Cliff Lee, via his Twitter account, but doesn’t think they’ll have the money to outbid the Yankees.





Congrasterisk

5 08 2010

New York Yankees star slugger Alex Rodriquez finally hit his 600th hr. A Rod is the youngest to ever reach this feat but it had been 12 games since his last swing left the park and Yankees fans were growing restless.

Rodriguez is  only the 7th player in major league history to join the 600 hr club, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Sammy Sosa (609) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (630). None of the other men ever admitting using performance enhancing drugs, though Bonds and Sosa are suspected of doing so.





Phillies Looking To Move Werth

9 07 2010

Multiple sources have indicated that the Philadelphia Phillies are shopping free agent to be, right fielder Jayson Werth in the hopes of acquiring a top notch starter to round out their rotation. If such a trade were not to occur and the team were to fall out of playoff contention, expect Werth to be shopped for prospects as the trade deadline approaches. According to reports the team has already been informed that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all have significant interest.

Werth, 31 years old, is hauling in $7.5 million this year while batting .277 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs. He has slumped as of  late.  Any trade that would occur in the near future would be of particular interest, as it would involve two playoff hopeful clubs looking to exchange pieces.  Javier Vasquez is the name that has come up most frequently, though I don’t see that as being a likely scenario. If Werth were to be moved it would clear the path for the team’s minor league phenom Dominic Brown to move up to the big club and become an everyday player.





Superstar Benchings: The Right Approach?

29 06 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Jimmy Rollins is not the only star player mired in a slump who’s been riding the pine lately. Yankees 3B Alex rollinRodriguez was also recently relegated to the bench for a brief time as well. Both teams’ claim the players need rest, some time to fend off mental fatigue.

Rollins, hitting just .211, will be back in the lineup and leading off on Tuesday “unless something really changes between now and then” according to Phils’ skipper Charlie Manuel. ESPN’s Eric Young believes that giving these players time off was the smart move, saying that slumping players tend to press and try too hard to break out of the slump. He concludes that because they are stars they would press even harder because they know what they are capable of. Young does go on to say though that the similarities end there for each players difficulties. A-Rod is believed to have returned too early from offseason hip surgery and also experienced a tumultuousAlex-Rodriguez offseason. Rollins, conversely, has simply not been fundamentally sound at the plate. Compounding the problem, is that Rollins has begun to have mental lapses in the field as well.

Whether or not benching these players is the right approach is certainly up for debate. Rodriguez seems to be in favor of the rest and acknowledges that he may have rushed back too soon. In Rollins’ case, he has always seemed to respond following any form of discipline or inactivity. For Phillies fans, let’s hope he does tonight.