I didn’t believe for a moment that the Phillies were going to trade Cliff Lee, if only because, last time, doing so proved to be such a mistake. But it was one of our favorite (ignored) rumors from the men whose job it is to throws gobs of shit at a wall to create interest in something that largely isn’t there (we, too, do this during free agent signing periods… so yeah, I’m calling that kettle black).
The Phillies plan to keep Cliff Lee, and won't trade him before the Tuesday trade deadline, sources say.
One person with ties to the Phillies said team higherups believe trading Lee would potentially undo most or all the good that was done by extending Cole Hamels and that the team's plan is to build around its trio of great starters, including also Roy Halladay, next year. The Phillies also gave themselves an outside chance this year with their riveting three-game sweep of the fading Brewers.