Inside The Cliff Lee Trade

The Phillies made a major move today acquiring LHP Cliff Lee for four Minor League prospects earlier today. The deal is truly a win-win for Philadelphia. First, they acquire the front line starting pitcher that they have been looking to add to their rotation. Second, they do so without giving up J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek or Dominic Brown.

But if you look even further into the deal, it makes even more financial sense for the Phillies. Cliff Lee is only scheduled to make $9 million next year, which will save the Phils $3 million on next year’s total salary as Lee will no doubt take Brett Myers spot in the rotation. This year has truly become the worse time in his career to get hurt.
Now, you have to look at the prospects that the Phillies gave up in this deal…
RHP Jason Knapp… a strong 19-year old prospect from Central Jersey and maybe the key to this deal from Cleveland’s angle. Hard thrower, but a Single-A pitcher. He may pan out for Cleveland, but he is so far from the Majors and too many things can happen between now and then. 
RHP Carlos Carrasco... the #2 prospect in the system, but that is WAY overrated. I had the chance to see him pitch several times. He has the stuff, but he IMPLODES when the going gets tough. In the end, there was no way that Carrasco was going to make the big league club out of Spring Training.
INF Jason Donald and C Lou Marson…two guys that are solid players without any flash. They hit for average, but not for power and with not much speed.
Now, the biggest question for the Phillies is how to fit all of the starting pitchers into the mix.
The locks are Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Jamie Moyer leads the team with 10 wins, but he may not even make a post-season start this year because of some of his shaky efforts. Pedro Martinez is going to start at some point for the Phillies, but he is still at least three rehab starts away from that being a factor, Rodrigo Lopez has pitched very well, but figures to be the odd man out and go into the bullpen. And that brings up another factor… Brett Myers.He has gone from Opening Day Starter and bulldog during the playoffs last year to afterthought because of his injury.
You wonder if Myers wasn’t hurt, do the Phillies sign Pedro or acquire Lee???


  1. dave69

    well gang, its been nice, after this pathetic trade, and finding out that carmona is coming back up to play is a disgrace to indian fans, my 14 yr old can pitch better than that idiot, why don’t we just get kids out of high school sign them for $5 thousand a yr, bet they will pitch better than carmona, but i guess its all about the money, tribe doesn’t care about the fans, that is why i’m not renewing next yr, prob not go to anymore this yr, i’m ashamed to wear tribe wear. but the tribe knows what they r doing i guess, they look at it this way, lets get poor players and finish last in standing and lose fans, good idea. just totally patheic


    Dear Mark Shapiro,
    I just want to say thank you for the great job you have been doing as the Indians General Manager. I would like to thank you for not resigning Kevin Millwood, signing Paul Bird, trading away our reigning Cy Young award winner the season after they win the award 2 years in a row. I would like to thank you for the quiet arrogance you display when I heard you on the radio multiple years ago say that you worry least about getting components for the bullpen because you honestly said that it is the easiest part of the team to fix, and then missing the playoffs because of the bullpen with the most blown saves in baseball. I would like to thank you for giving the fans no reason to pay attention to your team anymore. I would like to thank for sending the message that any player who shows glimpses of good play gets shown the door to build for the future. I would like to thank you for removing professional players like Trot Nixon and Kevin Millwood, because in reality, you really dont need players like that. I would like to thank you for dumping Brandon Phillips after half a season in the bigs. I am sure you have big plans for trading away Grady Sizemore, Victor Martizinez and keeping Travis Hafner so thank you in advance. Mark, from all the fans, than you for a job well done.

    Dolan, I want to thank you for bringing frugality to indians, and not resigning certain hall of famers like Thome and Ramirez. Thanks for being economically conservative. You really give Rachel Phelps a run for her money as the greatest owner in Indians history.

    Most of all Mark and Dolan, thanks for NOTHING.

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