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07:16 AM ET 06.03 | When it comes to buying, a team would prefer to make an impact rather than merely a trade. [There] aren't many players who can give you that impact who are also available. Who would be the No. 1 guy available? After asking the question to a couple dozen executives, scouts, and players over the past few days, the consensus was Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee. Lee, who would have to waive a limited no-trade clause, would improve a number of teams. The Red Sox, Orioles, Indians, Angels, and Rangers are some that would really benefit from a Lee deal, but there could be many more, including the Dodgers (because they can) or the Yankees. ... One American League executive indicated there would be 20 teams lined up for Lee.

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June 3, 2013  07:43 AM ET

There are not that many teams who are willing to pay him the $25M he's due in 14 & 15. He also has a vested option in 16 for $27.5M, with a 12.5M buyout. Unless the Phillies are willing to eat some of that money, I really don't see that big a market for Lee.

June 3, 2013  07:54 AM ET
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There are not that many teams who are willing to pay him the $25M he's due in 14 & 15. He also has a vested option in 16 for $27.5M, with a 12.5M buyout...

Exactly. And I don't see the Phillies being so benevolent as to take on a portion of that contract unless they get some true value in a deal.

That list of 20 can be pared down in a hurry.

June 3, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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There are not that many teams who are willing to pay him the $25M he's due in 14 & 15. He also has a vested option in 16 for $27.5M, with a 12.5M buyout. Unless the Phillies are willing to eat some of that money, I really don't see that big a market for Lee.

I essentailly agree with the sentiments of the previous posters. In fact, I don't even see the "new age" Yankees trading for Lee without getting some salary relief in return.
However, there is one team which I think if they are willing to take on Lee's salary that they could effectively bolster their rotation to the point that they could arguably become the favorite to win their division: Baltimore.

June 3, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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I essentailly agree with the sentiments of the previous posters. In fact, I don't even see the "new age" Yankees trading for Lee without getting some salary relief in return. However, there is one team which I think if they are willing to take on Lee's salary that they could effectively bolster their rotation to the point that they could arguably become the favorite to win their division: Baltimore.

Don't count out Texas as well. They have the money to spend and the prospects to deal if needed. Darvish and Lee would make them tough to beat.

June 3, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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Don't count out Texas as well. They have the money to spend and the prospects to deal if needed. Darvish and Lee would make them tough to beat.

he'd make a nice addition, but that's a hell of a lot of money ...

June 3, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Ruben would want some team to take on all of his salary, plus a establish big league player, and probably at least two high regarded prospects for Lee.

June 3, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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he'd make a nice addition, but that's a hell of a lot of money ...

Yup... but I guess if they came to some type of "understanding" around his salary and Young's salary, its doable.

June 3, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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he'd make a nice addition, but that's a hell of a lot of money ...

C'mon Joe Cool nothing is too good for your Rangers.

June 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Ruben would want some team to take on all of his salary, plus a establish big league player, and probably at least two high regarded prospects for Lee.

Then, I think, we have a problem.

June 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I essentailly agree with the sentiments of the previous posters. In fact, I don't even see the "new age" Yankees trading for Lee without getting some salary relief in return. However, there is one team which I think if they are willing to take on Lee's salary that they could effectively bolster their rotation to the point that they could arguably become the favorite to win their division: Baltimore.

I was thinking the Dodgers....they've been spending crazy money and I couldn't count them out.

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June 3, 2013  09:33 AM ET

He'll be an Indian by Independence Day.

June 3, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Ruben would want some team to take on all of his salary, plus a establish big league player, and probably at least two high regarded prospects for Lee.

No.

June 3, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Are they out of bankruptcy yet?

Yes. They're rolling in cash.

June 3, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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He'll be an Indian by Independence Day.

Cherokee or Sioux?

June 3, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Ruben would want some team to take on all of his salary, plus a establish big league player, and probably at least two high regarded prospects for Lee.

Seriously, that's WAY too much.

If a team took on all of Lee's salary, the package in return would not be that impressive.

No way they'd get an established big leaguer and a "at least" two highly regarded prospects. None whatsoever.

June 3, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Cherokee or Sioux?

Think dots, not feathers.

June 3, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Seriously, that's WAY too much.If a team took on all of Lee's salary, the package in return would not be that impressive. No way they'd get an established big leaguer and a "at least" two highly regarded prospects. None whatsoever.

Then again, you never know which team will be the next Dodgers/Blue Jays.

 
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