Chance of Cliff Lee returning: “Less than one percent.”

The latest word on Cliff Lee is that the Phillies are willing to talk about him. Don’t look for him to be traded to Texas.

An industry source said the chances of Lee returning to the Rangers are “less than one percent.”

Certainly the Rangers would welcome Cliff Lee on their team. But the resources required to get him woud be enormous.

Lee is due $75 million over the next three years. There is also a club option for 2016 for $27.5 million with a $12.5 million buyout. So at a minimum the Rangers would owe $85 million plus approximately $7 million left on this year’s salary.

If the Rangers were to acquire Lee, they would want the Phillies to assume a sizable chunk of that. The Phillies aren’t so inclined.

The Rangers are definitely exploring every possible avenue: starter, reliever and bench. There is less than 24 hours to go and the big name relievers like Jonathan Broxton, Rafael Betancourt and Brandon League are still out there.



WHY would we be looking at a relief pitcher? makes NO sense.

Relief pitcher needed if we are to make use of a reliever as a starter….dah.

They were scared to go giant $$$ on Cliff Lee less than two years ago. Now why does anybody think they’d reverse course, pay him $92mm AND give up an “enormous” amount of prospects for him? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

Don’t rule it out. Does Philly want to pay all of his contract or part of it? It seems to me if they can get away with eating part of it, they will do that as opposed to paying all of it as his production declines. I’m not optimistic, but I wouldn’t rule this one out just yet.

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