|Trade Deadline: Cliff Lee trade to Rangers ‘not going to happen’||07.31.12 at 11:20 am ET|
Cliff Lee, who has pitched on four different teams in the last four seasons, doesn’t appear to be going to a fifth one by Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Phillies’ ace was on the market on Monday, but those rumors were quickly shot down later in the day.
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported Monday afternoon that Lee being traded to the Rangers had “less than one percent” chance of happening. ESPN’s Jayson Stark backed that report, tweeting that a source said the deal was “not going to happen.”
One year after being named an All-Star and finishing third in Cy Young Award voting, Lee is having one of the worst seasons of his career in 2012. The 33-year-old left-hander is 1-6 with a 3.95 ERA.
If he were to be traded Tuesday, it would be at a steep price for potential suitors. Lee is owed $75 million over the next three years and also has a club option for 2016 worth $27.5 million with a $12.5 million buyout.
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