Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff, Cliff …


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Did that just happen?

A recap:

  • 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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11 Comments

Holy ****!! What a coup. Let’s look at the rotation again. How many years is this 4some toether? If I’m not mistaken Oswalt has 2 more. We can afford to let Brown and Francisco play RF. However, if they trade (give away) Ibanez, who plays left? who is off the bench? One thing is certain, Rube did it again!! (and some posters have been against him from day 1???

Holy ****!! What a coup. Let’s look at the rotation again. How many years is this 4some toether? If I’m not mistaken Oswalt has 2 more. We can afford to let Brown and Francisco play RF. However, if they trade (give away) Ibanez, who plays left? who is off the bench? One thing is certain, Rube did it again!! (and some posters have been against him from day 1???

UnbeLEEiable! I went to bed hearing the rumor the Phils were in the mix and thought it was just one of those rumors. I’m just stunned that RAJ was able to pull this off w/out so much as a whimper. So glad the Yankee fans made such an wonderful impression w/Mrs. Lee….LOL!!!

who wears 43?

Heard on the morning radio show that Kristen Lee was the dealmaker for us, thanks to some rude, mangy Yanks “fans”. (Perhaps that incident will replace our old, tired Santa/snowball story once and for all?)

It wouldn’t have happened had we re-signed Werth. We also wouldn’t have Oswalt, Halladay, or likely either had we re-signed Lee in ’08. And how cool is this: today is the 1-year anniversary of Halladay’s signing.

Heaven. Pure heaven.

Who’ll be wearing #34 now that Lee’s back? Big Roy or Lee? This is great for jersey sales which means more $$$$$.

Sorry, meant ’09. Too excited atm. :)

ReclinerGM has a great post up about the signing – answering the 15 questions Philly fans are asking now…
http://www.reclinergm.com/happy-cliff-lee-day-ive-got-some-questions/

I saw someone refer to the starting staff as r2c2. I like it!

Santa Comes Early! Congratulations Phillies’ fans. As a long-time Blue Jays’ fan this trade is great for two reasons: (1) Roy Halladay will likely win a world series ring and (2) The Yankees miss out and, therefore, will have to rebuild their rotation by overpaying via trade for questionable assets, like Greinke. This should leave them sufficiently weak. It also sends a strong message to other big-name free agents that there are other places to play other than NY and Boston. I just hope that your GM is willing to fill any gaps in your lineup via free-agency or by going the trade route. Signing Lee means that the FUTURE IS NOW. Forget trying to hold on to what little minor-league talent that remains in the system. Move it, and get the pieces you need to win multiple times over the new 2-3 years!

Repeat after me, even you pherris….

Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben , Ruben!!!

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