2013 Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): Charlie Manuel has been fired (Aug. 16)
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07-27-2013, 02:55 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
I'd like to get a bidding war going for Cliff Lee.
Red Sox, Dodgers, Indians, Cards, possibly Pirates & Dbacks all interested.
The smaller market teams could be appeased by the Phillies eating some of the money... Hey if that $5billion tv deal is around the corner what's eating $5-10m a year to get some really good return for Cliff Lee?
Drive the bidding up as much as possible. The only competition out there is Jake Peavy who is injury prone and a FA at the end of the year.
I'd also look around for new homes for Michael Young(Red Sox or Yankees), Carlos Ruiz(Yankees or A's) and Chase Utley(A's or Dodgers).
Some of those guys could wind up dealt together including part of a Cliff Lee deal. I'd definitely move Papelbon, but I'm not sure there's going to be a taker.
As the Red Sox showed last year just because you have a huge TV deal doesn't mean you can't sell off high-priced guys and rebuild/retool on the fly.
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