Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff …
Did that just happen?
- Sources told MLB.com late last night that Cliff Lee has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies with a vesting option for a sixth year. The deal is in the $120 million range.
- Lee left money on the table to return to Philadelphia. The Yankees offered Lee a six-year, $138 million contract with a vesting option that increased the value to $154 million, according to ESPN.com.
- It’s insane, but true. The Phillies will enter the 2011 season with Roy Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels in the rotation.
- Phillies players’ cell phones rang and buzzed throughout the night as word spread. “We’re like, ‘Whoa,’” Shane Victorino said. “I had heard about this mystery team. I was like, ‘There’s no way it’s us.’ Then I heard the Phillies were back in it. I texted Cliff last week and he never said anything. I texted him again today when everything started coming out. I’m like, ‘Come on.’ He finally texted me back, ‘I’m back,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ I thought there was no way we’re bringing him back.”
- The Phillies might have to shed payroll to make room for Lee. A source said the Phillies have been shopping Joe Blanton in recent days. The source said the Phillies would be willing to eat some of Blanton’s salary to foster a trade. He is owed $17 million over the next two seasons. The source also said the Phillies have been gauging team’s interest in Kyle Kendrick and Raul Ibanez, who makes $11.5 million this season before becoming a free agent.
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