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Will Boston join Lee sweepstakes?

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07:13 AM ET 06.24 | Among teams on a bubble, of sorts -- the buy-or-sell bubble -- Philadelphia could very well blow its roster up down the stretch. [Suitors should first call the Phillies to see if Cliff Lee would] consider waiving the 21-team no-trade clause that includes Boston and, in all likelihood, Detroit. ... The team with the greatest incentive among the buyers to chase Lee is Boston, particularly in light of Jon Lester's struggles, Clay Bucholz's flagging health and the inconsistency of Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront that has left -- gulp -- John Lackey as the team's most consistent starter at the moment. Boston certainly has the prospects to pry Lee from the Phillies, even if GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he isn't available, which strains credulity.

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June 24, 2013  07:24 AM ET

Too much money to gamble on a 35 year old pitcher, even if it is Cliff Lee. They have made a commitment to developing players from their own system and need to stay with that plan.

June 24, 2013  07:36 AM ET
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Too much money to gamble on a 35 year old pitcher, even if it is Cliff Lee. They have made a commitment to developing players from their own system and need to stay with that plan.

I would tend to agree with this.

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June 24, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Big price tag, but looking at their starters he would definitely help........if Lee goes I wish him nothing but the best, he's been a class act and he has performed well for the Phillies, too bad the Phillies got old and injured on him or he coulda got a ring in our nation's first capital.

June 24, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Sure would look good with a Baltimore Oriole on his cap.

June 24, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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Big price tag, but looking at their starters he would definitely help........if Lee goes I wish him nothing but the best, he's been a class act and he has performed well for the Phillies, too bad the Phillies got old and injured on him or he coulda got a ring in our nation's first capital.

Wasn't he one of the "old and injured" that you speak of? If a team wants to gamble on him, that's great. I just hope that he goes out as much of a class act as he's been and not just hold on to sign that one last contract...

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June 24, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Wasn't he one of the "old and injured" that you speak of? If a team wants to gamble on him, that's great.

I just hope that he goes out as much of a class act as he's been and not just hold on to sign that one last contract...

He's old(er) but I don't remember him being injured for any long period of time, certainly not like Halladay.

As for the second part, him turning down NY and a larger payday to go to PHilly to be closer to his kid in a Philly hospital tells me his head is in the right place - I don't see him as a guy looking for a big contract as opposed to playing on a contender.

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June 24, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Too much money to gamble on a 35 year old pitcher, even if it is Cliff Lee. They have made a commitment to developing players from their own system and need to stay with that plan.

Too much money?

A short contract at market value for one of the top pitchers?

If they can get him, they'd be stupid not to.

June 24, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Too early, too much can change between now and July 31.

June 24, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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If a team believes they're truly one starter away, go for it. Not like there's 3 or more years left on his contract

This might be the first time that I've ever agreed with you.

Makes me think I'm probably wrong.

June 24, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Too much money?A short contract at market value for one of the top pitchers?If they can get him, they'd be stupid not to.

Agreed.

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June 24, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Wasn't he one of the "old and injured" that you speak of?

7.1 innings per start with a 2.71 ERA and 145 ERA+. That's what he's done during this Phillies contract.

If that's "old and injured," I wish the Indians had a few old and injured players.

June 24, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Big thing for the Sox is not to panic if the season starts going sour. Nobody expected them to compete this season, and if they wind up on the outside looking in it can't be looked at as failure.

I expected them to compete this season.

June 24, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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He's old(er) but I don't remember him being injured for any long period of time, certainly not like Halladay.

232 innings in 2011 and 211 in 2012. Easily on pace for another 200+ season this year.

That's not injured.

 
June 24, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Too much money?A short contract at market value for one of the top pitchers?If they can get him, they'd be stupid not to.

It???s not so much the money, but what it will cost as far as prospects. IMO, Boston has played over their heads so far this season, and realistically are more than one pitcher away from being a legitimate contender.

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