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|That Cliffmas Feeling|
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Philadelphia Daily News
It's hard to believe that here we are today in July 2013 reading, tweeting and talking about the Phillies possibly trading away the same guy who we'd have labeled forever as "untouchable", even after a disappointing, hard-luck 2012 campaign. No one--not even Ruben Amaro--would never trade away Cliff Lee twice, right? Don't be so sure. The Phillies GM is no stranger to trading away fan favorites as was the case last year when he sent Shane Victorino to Los Angeles and Hunter Pence to the Giants. However, 2012 was a lost season for the Phillies well before the trading deadline, this time the writing may not be so clearly written on the wall for Amaro to see until the 11th hour on July 31st.
Cliff Lee 2012 vs. 2013
|Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro|
Courtesy of ESPN.com
Cliff Lee: Career Playoffs
|Where will Lee be in 2013-14?|
courtesy of Bleacher Report
Lee does have leverage as Amaro would need his consent to waive his no-trade clause which currently can block a deal between the Phillies and 20 different MLB teams. Interesting to note that while Lee holds veto power to play for the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers, one team not listed in his no fly zone is the St. Louis Cardinals. While starting pitching prospects would be the primary position at which Amaro would focus, the Cardinals do have one of the top future stars in Oscar Taveras, who could be a RF option in 2014 for the Phillies GM, who tends to shy away from the term "rebuilding".
Ultimately, it will be the players on the field who will determine the destiny of some of their high-priced veteran teammates. Players like Lee, Utley and Jimmy Rollins will see their names tossed around the rumor mill with only one way to stop it from turning: win.
Stay tuned for Friday: Trading Chase Utley