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Asked if he wants to stay, Lee says he wants to win

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07:16 AM ET 06.14 | Cliff Lee is no stranger to being traded, and there's a good deal of speculation that his name may come up again in 2013 deadline deals. "I definitely want to win -- there's no doubt about that," Lee said when asked if he wanted to remain in Philly. And what if the team is still going nowhere fast a month from now? "I want to win," Lee repeated. "I don't know how else to say it besides that. I want to win." ... [In 2013], he's surrounded in large part with fellow veterans who are either injured or are in serious decline. So the question begged to be asked: if Lee's main desire is to win, would he be content to play out the remainder of his contract on a team that's not winning with regularity? "I don't have any control over that," Lee said. "I know that I want to win."

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June 14, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Ask Steve Carlton about winning and being a Phillie from 1972 to 1975.
I don't think Lee is as good as Carlton was (but he is damn good) and even though he is being somewhat diplomatic and saying the right things, I think it is obvious ("I want to win.") that he would welcome a trade to a team with better chances of winnig games.

June 14, 2013  08:27 AM ET

........rangers.............

June 14, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ask Steve Carlton about winning and being a Phillie from 1972 to 1975. I don't think Lee is as good as Carlton was (but he is damn good) and even though he is being somewhat diplomatic and saying the right things, I think it is obvious ("I want to win.") that he would welcome a trade to a team with better chances of winnig games.

Agreed, we'll NEVER see another "Lefty" (what he was known as in BOTH leagues) again, then again times are different.

I would love to have Cliff stay, but respect his decision to be on a contender - and if the Phillies get some good prospects then all the better.

June 14, 2013  10:10 AM ET

He has made it clear, give him that. Trade me. Long term it makes sense for the Phillies, short term, you have to be honest and just tell your fans, " Yea, we have given up on this year."

June 14, 2013  10:19 AM ET

I don't see anything but a salary dump if the Phillies do this. You can only get a haul of top prospects for a team friendly contract. This is most certainly not a team friendly contract.

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June 14, 2013  12:54 PM ET
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I don't see anything but a salary dump if the Phillies do this. You can only get a haul of top prospects for a team friendly contract. This is most certainly not a team friendly contract.

I absolutely disagree. He is an elite pitcher in the MLB. What do you think he would get in FA if it were to happen right now? Probably right around what he has now. 3-5 years $25 mil per. He only has 2.5 years left on his contract, and any contender would, with no doubt in my mind, trade for his services by giving up elite prospects. I'm not sure what you are thinking, but I disagree. It would be a very wise decision to flip Lee for a great return. Same with Paps.

June 14, 2013  12:57 PM ET

Come back to Cleveland, Bro.

June 14, 2013  01:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Come back to Cleveland, Bro.

That'd be sweet. Antonetti should offer the Phillies Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson.

June 14, 2013  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I absolutely disagree. He is an elite pitcher in the MLB. What do you think he would get in FA if it were to happen right now? Probably right around what he has now. 3-5 years $25 mil per. He only has 2.5 years left on his contract, and any contender would, with no doubt in my mind, trade for his services by giving up elite prospects. I'm not sure what you are thinking, but I disagree. It would be a very wise decision to flip Lee for a great return. Same with Paps.

You're getting a great return for Papelbon.

June 14, 2013  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

You're getting a great return for Papelbon.

NOT getting

June 14, 2013  02:32 PM ET

Please....."I want to win".......they should trade him and get what they can for him, regardless of where the best offer comes from. If it's the Astros then make the best of it. Try and make your team a winner. Players today seem to want a "pre-fab championship".

June 14, 2013  02:53 PM ET
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I absolutely disagree. He is an elite pitcher in the MLB. What do you think he would get in FA if it were to happen right now? Probably right around what he has now. 3-5 years $25 mil per. He only has 2.5 years left on his contract, and any contender would, with no doubt in my mind, trade for his services by giving up elite prospects. I'm not sure what you are thinking, but I disagree. It would be a very wise decision to flip Lee for a great return. Same with Paps.

That's exactly what he's worth. He's not worth that plus a large nunber of top prospects. That's why the Phillies won't trading him for top prospects unless they pick up some of his salary.

June 14, 2013  02:55 PM ET

won't be trading him

June 14, 2013  04:21 PM ET
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That's exactly what he's worth. He's not worth that plus a large nunber of top prospects. That's why the Phillies won't trading him for top prospects unless they pick up some of his salary.

Yes and no.

I agree that's what he's worth, not that + prospects. However, any team looking to acquire him will be doing so in the hopes that it nets them a championship. So, to some extent, the team would be trading prospects for the opportunity to win right now.

June 14, 2013  04:46 PM ET

You signed the deal Mr. Lee - shut up and pitch. Maybe you should have taken less money and stayed in Texas. I laugh watching the greedy pigs like Pujos, Hamilton, Crawford, Gonzalez and Lee miss the playoffs.

June 14, 2013  06:27 PM ET

Lee went to the Phillies several years ago because he thought Philly would be a contender. Everybody wants to win. doesn't mean everybody will get traded to a contender

June 14, 2013  06:57 PM ET

if he really wants to win,,,,,,he should go and agree to be traded to the yanks,,who knows it may be his fate after all,,,,,,the bronx team is a serious contender!!!!

June 14, 2013  06:59 PM ET

or does that means LEE is afraid of been unable to handdle the bronx pressure??if not then there shouldn't be any other excuse!!!

 
June 14, 2013  06:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Lee went to the Phillies several years ago because he thought Philly would be a contender. Everybody wants to win. doesn't mean everybody will get traded to a contender

the phillies wants a top prospects,,and yankees DO WANT TO WIN....

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