Philadelphia Phillies Actively Shopping Cliff Lee And Cole Hamels

by Gavin Ewbank | Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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The Philadelphia Phillies are putting both of their top pitchers, lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, on the trading block reports’s Jon Heyman. Although, dealing the two might prove to be a tough challenge. Heyman also reports Philly has no intent to eat up any of the remaining contracts for the two pitchers.

That’s where most of the problem comes into play. Hamels is still owed $112.5 million over the next five-years after signing his big contract extension in 2012. There’s also a $24-million vesting option for 2019. Lee would also come at the price of a pretty penny. He’s owed $25 million for each of the next two seasons and in 2016 his contract includes a $27.5-million vesting option/$12.5-million buyout.

It seems like the Phillies are shopping either Lee and Hamels every chance they get. Whether it’s during the trading deadline in July or here at the Winter Meetings in December, but, obviously, they haven’t found any offer that suits their liking.

Even while the costs for the two may be high, that doesn’t hide that fact that they are still two of the top left-handed pitchers in the game. Hamels was a star in Philadelphia during his early years. He helped lead the Phillies to their World Series championship in 2008. After a 17-6 season in 2012, he struggled badly on a Phillies team going nowhere. Hamels posted a 8-14 record this past season. If he can get back to form, possibly on a winning club, he would be worth the pick up for any team.

Lee, meanwhile, is one of the best strike throwers in the game. His career 3.88 K/BB ratio is a stat that has lead the league in the past two seasons. Lee also averaged 211 innings in each of the past six seasons. He too would bolster the rotation of any club looking for that extra boost to make them a World Series contender.

Even with that said about the two, you would still have to find a team willing to eat all of their remaining salaries. There aren’t many these days.

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Living in always-too-hot Florida, Gavin an MLB Columnist for BHC. Apart from that, he occasionally covers high school sports for the Palm Coast Observer. You can follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinEwbank.

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