Major League Baseball’s Trade Deadline is only nine days away, and rumors are starting to heat up.
For the Indians, that meant the name of an old friend resurfacing Tuesday afternoon.
According to Fox Sports, the Indians are one of nine teams the Philadelphia Phillies could deal the former Cy Young Award winner to without his consent.
The other eight teams include the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals.
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At this point, the general manager Chris Antonetti doesn’t seem to interested in bringing Lee back. When Lee started Monday night after a two-month stint on the disabled list, the Indians didn’t have a scout in attendance. Division rivals Detroit and Kansas City had scouts in the stands.
Obviously, the 35-year-old Lee has seen better days. He’s 4-5 this year with a 3.67 ERA. He allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings of work in his return.
In addition to his age, Lee’s contract also works against a trade. Unless the Tribe worked something out, they’d be on the hook for whatever’s left of the $25 million Lee is making this season. Lee is due to make $25 million next year, and has a $27 million vesting option for 2016.