Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee to Arizona Diamondbacks?

31 07 2012

By Chris Cwik |

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’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.’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 »

Phillies Passed on Brandon Morrow

9 05 2012

Anybody remember when the Phillies passed on taking Brandon Morrow as part of the Cliff Lee deal with Seattle a few years back? I groaned about it then and wonder if anybody else would like to groan with me now. He is arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball through the first month and a half of the season. Good thing Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and Juan Ramirez. have all panned out.

Philadelphia Phillies Extend Ruben Amaro Jr.

11 03 2011

By Ben Nicholson-Smith at

Now that they’ve locked their manager up, the Phillies have moved on to the front office.  The Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. have finalized a contract extension, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  (Twitter link)

The Phillies promoted Amaro to GM after Pat Gillick retired following the team’s 2008 World Championship. Amaro, a seven-year veteran of the major leagues, spent ten years as an assistant GM before his promotion (1999-2008). You won’t find anyone with deeper ties to the Phillies; Amaro was a batboy for the team and he and his father both suited up for the Phils at the Major League level.

Amaro has traded for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt since taking over the team and later signed Lee as a free agent. The Phillies won the NL East in both 2009 and 2010, making it to the World Series in ’09 and to the NLCS in ’10. As MLBTR’s Transaction Tracker shows, Amaro has been aggressive with extensions, locking eight players up in two-plus seasons on the job.

Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported this morning that the extension was “virtually done” and that the two sides were putting the “finishing touches” on the agreement.

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.’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.

Cliff Lee Returning To Phils?

17 06 2010

Jack Curry of the Yes Network had this to say on Twitter, “Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back.”

Phils Offer New Twist On Why They Didn’t Keep Lee

17 02 2010

Many have argued that the Philadelphia Phillies should have traded for Roy Halladay and kept Cliff Lee rather than trade him to the Seattle Ruben AmaroMariners.  The argument to be made is that the Phillies would have received two first round draft picks if Lee were to leave after the 2010 season since he would be a Type A free agent.

In Amaro’s view, however, the draft picks were less valuable than they appeared.

“Lee is likely to sign with a high-payroll club,” Amaro says. “If we get that pick, it could be somewhere between 25 and 30. That’s the first pick.

“The second pick could be anywhere down the line to 50, depending upon how many guys are lined up in between in the sandwich area. You’re not looking at slam dunks. You get after the 10th or 15th pick in baseball, you’re kind of rolling the dice . . . Plus, those guys that we’re drafting may not get to the big leagues for four, five or six years. They are so much further away.

“The whole scenario of ‘Let’s just go for broke and pick up the draft picks and that’s fine,’ that doesn’t serve the purpose of what we’re trying to do, which is put ourselves in a position to win every year.

via Ken Rosenthal at