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07:14 AM ET 05.22 | Phillies star Cliff Lee is zooming out a bit, putting his future in a larger context. [Lee] said he "hopes" the Phillies turn it around, and it wouldn't do him any good to think about the alternative. But if the alternative does come to pass, and he does go on the trading block, it sounds like Lee can deal with it. There's a list of only nine teams to which Lee can be traded without his consent, but he's been traded before and it doesn't sound like it's something that would faze him -- or, under the right circumstances, especially bother him. "I definitely want to win. I want to be on a winning team," Lee said when asked about the possibility of being traded before the Phillies were to play the Marlins on Tuesday night.

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May 22, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Go figure - a guy that actually understands - he's a resource......

May 22, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Go figure - a guy that actually understands - he's a resource......

"I sleep on a bed made up of stacks of $100s...life is good...trade me where you want."

May 22, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Go figure - a guy that actually understands - he's a resource......

A breath of fresh air? Or just someone who knows that the team he is on is heading back to the crapper? It's all about the $$ to most players.

May 22, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Well, , at $25 million a year for the next two and one-half years, and an option year after that, I think you can narrow that "list" of nine teams down. Way down....

May 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET

the SILLIES---- Most losses in MLB History.... great job!~!!

May 22, 2013  09:25 AM ET

I've heard this 'I want to be on a winning team' stuff before. I believe his name was Scott Rolin. He left, the Phil's won a world series a few years later and he's still waiting for a ring. I like Lee a lot and would be sad to see him go. He's a good hitting pitcher and he can run the bases.

May 22, 2013  09:26 AM ET

He could come back to Texas and I would be cool with it.

May 22, 2013  09:57 AM ET

I remember I was in the minority back in 2010 when the Phil's re-signed Lee, as most Phillies fans wanted him back. I thought they could have used that 20-25 million on an outfield bat, because we lost 2 straight playoffs series (2010 & 2011) because our lineup went silent. I really like Cliff Lee, but its not practical to have three 20 million dollar pitchers and then you have an outfield of Delmon Young, Ben Revere and Dominic Brown? What is ironic is that we won in 2008 with one dominant pitcher (Cole Hamels), a great bullpen, and a great lineup. So what does Ruben Amaro do in the past few years? Goes out and spends all of our money on Starting Pitching? Someone needs to ask him how many World Series the Braves won with Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz?

May 22, 2013  10:01 AM ET

It would be interesting to compare his stats before mega contract vs. after mega contract.

May 22, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Could have come and played for a winner. That's OK, the Yankee are doing fine without you.

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May 22, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Pitching is what gives you the opportunity to win games, to be in the playoffs, and have a chance at winning a World Series. Without Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz, or any of the three, would the Braves have had even a chance to be in five World Series in the '90s?

I agree that pitching wins out over a 162 game schedule. But the problem is because those pitchers usually make big money, it leaves you short in other areas because you can't have a 20 million dollar guy at every position.

The way the baseball playoffs are structured for a 7 game series, a great bullpen is actually more important then a great pitching rotation. It is one thing that makes baseball very unfair to teams like the Phillies and Braves, who are heavy on starting pitching, the playoffs are just a different animal.

May 22, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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I've heard this 'I want to be on a winning team' stuff before. I believe his name was Scott Rolin. He left, the Phil's won a world series a few years later and he's still waiting for a ring. I like Lee a lot and would be sad to see him go. He's a good hitting pitcher and he can run the bases.

Difference being that Rolen was a bit of a punk who forced his way out and Lee has been nothing but a class act. I hate the idea of Lee leaving, too, but it's starting to look like the Phillies' window for winning another championship has closed. If they don't go on a run between now and July then it makes sense for Lee to finish out the final years of his career somewhere where his skills will make a difference and for the Phillies to get someone young who can make an impact 3-5 years down the road.

May 22, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Have gun, will travel..

May 22, 2013  11:15 AM ET

too bad he didn't sign with the Rangers when he had a chance! He could have gone to a couple more World Series! Now he wants to be on a "winning team? Give me a break.

May 22, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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too bad he didn't sign with the Rangers when he had a chance! He could have gone to a couple more World Series! Now he wants to be on a "winning team? Give me a break.

Maybe your team should have gotten a right fielder that could actually catch a ball for a ring instead of one that loves HGH/Steroids.

May 22, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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Maybe your team should have gotten a right fielder that could actually catch a ball for a ring instead of one that loves HGH/Steroids.

That would scare me off.

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May 22, 2013  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I've heard this 'I want to be on a winning team' stuff before. I believe his name was Scott Rolin. He left, the Phil's won a world series a few years later and he's still waiting for a ring. I like Lee a lot and would be sad to see him go. He's a good hitting pitcher and he can run the bases.

Just for the record, Wilhelm, Scott Rolen did get his ring, in 2006 with the Cardinals. I'm not sure he has a lot of regrets about leaving the Phils. Had he played his "Cards" right, he might have still been around when the Cards won again in 2011.

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