Cliff Lee May Just Retire

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You know, it’s crazy to think that this is the last year of Cliff Lee’s five-year, $120 million deal with the Phillies. It seems like just yesterday foolhardy bloggers were uncritically extolling the virtues of the signing with ridiculous Photoshops. Even wilder, is that the Phillies were competitive for only one year of Lee’s five-year deal– 2011. By mid-2012, they hit their stride – more like their constant revolution rate – in their tumbling decline.

Now Lee is hurt. By holding on to the pissed steed longer than he perhaps should have, Ruben Amaro let Lee’s trade value plummet to the depths of nothingness. And now Lee, who’s ostensibly doing some sort of rehab program in Arkansas, might just retire anyway.

Jon Heyman:

Cliff Lee’s season is over. While he is said to feel better than at any time in the year, it wouldn’t make sense for him to start getting ready now with a small chance to return as a reliever for baseball’s worst team. There’s an outside chance he could try to throw in the winter in hopes of staging a comeback, but people close to him believe it’s also very likely he may just hang ’em up. In 2009, Lee nearly single-handedly kept the Phillies afloat in their World Series loss to the Yankees. He won the AL Cy Young in 2008 while with the Indians.

It wasn’t that long ago Heyman was writing about the mystery team. Now the Phils might be just the last team of retiring free agent Cliton Phifer Lee. Sad.

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13 Comments

  • Dr. Marvin Monroe July 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Retire from what?

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  • Bobby Clarke Hues July 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    if he retires, he walks from 20 some mil??? That’s not gonna happen.

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    • Ruben Amaro III July 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      This is the last year of his contract. He’s picking up the last of the $120 million at the end of September.

      I doubt a 36 year old who’s earned $150 million or so in his career and presumably hasn’t spent half of it on some ill-advised real estate with a lazy river is going to feel the need to claw his way back into a rotation somewhere for 3-5 mil.

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    • Phineas Gage July 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      He is done after this year. I work with an organization he does some charity work with, and he has told colleagues of mine that he knows his career his done. He hasn’t retired yet because of the buyout at the end of the year. He plans on taking that and then riding off into the sunset.

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  • @MtAiryPhil aka Philip Allen July 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    97.5 management please please give me a shift.My pockets are hurting more than a dope fiend going through withdrawal.

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    • Eytan took your job July 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      It’s downright sad.

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  • Levi from Overbrook Park July 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Fuck him he blew the cards series in 2011. & fuck Charlie Manuel for letting them in because he just hadddd to have 102 wins . Should have had anther ring god damn it

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  • Rev. mikey miss July 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Amaro in trade discussions with Yankees for Hamels. Amaro asking for Aaron Judge but they would be morons to give that guy up. Gary Sanchez or Refsnyder is more realistic, Greg Bird probably out of the question also

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  • The Spam Attack I put on Shady's Sex Email July 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Fuck Lee

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  • Wait a minute... July 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I thought Lee was great, what is obviously not great was Amaro doing nothing to trade him when he could. It makes it all the more important to trade Hamels.

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  • Rev. mikey miss July 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Amaro has got to be smiling right now, Hamels is in the 6th inning of a no-hitter so far, scouts in the stands. Ruben might as well say if u your teams wants this guy you got to give up something special to get something special…….Only Ruben could fuck this up tho

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  • McCarthy just had the big "O" July 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Huge spot on the front of his pants.

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  • Holman Infinity on Route 73 July 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Cliff is still on the Holman Team as his sign is still up. And to all those hate mongerers, stop complaining or we will put Eskin’s mug up there.

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