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Cliff Lee Is Back

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Here is the transcipt of the Cliff Lee news conference, courtesy of the Phillies:

RUBEN AMARO, JR.: Good afternoon and thanks for coming. I got another one of those best kept secrets. We’re obviously very pleased to have Cliff Lee back in the fold, to officially announce that Cliff is now joining us for five years with an opening for a sixth year. We’re pleased to have him back in the Phillies uniform and family. Cliff, congratulations and welcome back.
CLIFF LEE: Thank you. It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for me. It’s been a fun ride. This off season has been full of unknowns. It feels great to land back here in Philadelphia. I want to thank my agent and Ruben for working it out, my wife and kids for supporting me through all this, helping me with this decision. Here I am. I never wanted to leave this place in the first place. To get an opportunity to come back and be part of this team and this pitching rotation is going to be something that is historic, I believe. Can’t wait to get to spring training and get this thing going.
RUBEN AMARO, JR.: Before we open it up for questions, let me say a couple words here quick. To echo some of the things that Cliff said. I want to thank Darek Braunecker and welcome obviously Kristen back. Great to have you back. Darek, his wife Shelly. It was a tremendous effort on not just the Lee’s part, I don’t typically talk about the agents very much, but the relationship that Darek and Scott forged over the start of this process, even before that, played a huge role in this. I want to thank the Lees for accepting us back and obviously Darek, who had a huge part in this, as well.

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Halladay in Town

The Phillies are trying to orchestrate a complicated three-team trade that would get them Roy Halladay.

But that trade would come at a price: Cliff Lee.

Sources told MLB.com that the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mariners are involved in discussions to send Halladay to the Phillies, Lee to the Mariners and prospects to the Blue Jays from both teams. One source said that no deal has been finalized.

A source said Halladay and his agent arrived in Philadelphia today to take a physical and talk about a contract extension. The Phillies would want Halladay to sign an extension to make the deal. If the Phillies and Halladay can’t come to an agreement, it is unlikely the Phillies would make the trade.

Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, said he has not heard from the Phillies or other teams regarding a deal.

“Unfortunately, some of this stuff is out of our control,” he said. “But obviously when there is smoke there is fire.”

It is believed the Phillies are considering trading Lee because they don’t think they can sign him to an extension before he becomes a free agent after next season, and because the prospects they could get in return for him would soften the blow to their farm system. Braunecker said he had talks with the Phillies last week at the Winter Meetings about a contract extension. There were reports that the Phillies specifically requested Braunecker to fly to Indianapolis for a meeting, but he said that was inaccurate.

“It’s been very preliminary dialogue,” he said. “I wouldn’t characterize our discussions at this point as negotiations. But I think it’s inaccurate to say whatever dialogue we’ve had to this point as being anything other than positive and constructive.”

Lee told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer in August that when the Indians decided not to talk about an extension in Spring Training 2009 that it made little sense for him to talk about one after the 2009 season when he was so close to free agency.

“It doesn’t make sense to do it one year out when I just watched what CC (Sabathia) did,” said Lee, referring to Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million contract.

Braunecker said Lee’s comments pertained exclusively to negotiations with the Cleveland Indians, and not the Phillies.

“We had taken a position at the end of Spring Training with the Indians that Cliff was going to play out the remainder of his contract and enter the free agent market,” Braunecker said. “We’ve never had any of those conversations with the Phillies of any sort. That was exclusive to the situation with Cleveland.”

One source familiar with the negotiations said the Mariners at least would include right-hander Phillipe Aumont in the trade. Baseball America ranked Aumont as the organization’s No. 3 prospect. He went 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 44 relief appearances with Double-A West Tenn and Single-A High Desert.

It is unclear who else the Phillies and Mariners might include in the trade, but the Phillies had made right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Domonic Brown untouchable in the past.

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