Cliff Lee missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn flexor tendon, but it was reported last week that he has been medically cleared and intends to make a comeback if the right opportunity comes along. Well, it sounds like the former Cy Young Award winner is going to have a lot of choices.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Lee is currently drawing interest from 15 teams. It’s hard to imagine that any team will give him guaranteed money at this point, but just about everybody should be in on him if all it takes is a spring training invite to find out what he has left in the tank.
Lee hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 31, 2014 and turned 37 this past August.
Jon Heyman reports that Cliff Lee has received medical clearance and is currently throwing with no issues. He says that Lee will try to pitch in 2016 if he “finds the right fit.”
Lee missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow during spring training. He only pitched 13 games in 2014 and was last effective over the course of a whole season in 2013. He’s 37 now. And, after the Phillies understandably declined his 2016 option, is a free agent.
What the “right fit” would be for Lee is unknown, but given his recent track record and health, it had better be “a minor league deal with an invite to spring training” at best, or else he won’t be pitching in 2016.
Cliff Lee is officially a free agent, as the Phillies declined the former Cy Young winner’s $27.5 million option for 2016 and instead paid him a $12.5 million buyout.
Lee missed all of 2015 after suffering a torn flexor tendon in spring training and was also limited to just 13 starts in 2014. At age 37 it’s hard to imagine Lee securing a guaranteed multi-year contract on the open market, but contending teams might pursue him with incentive-laden one-year deals. However, because he opted not to undergo surgery Lee may simply retire.
Lee went 41-30 with a 2.89 ERA in 106 starts during his second go-around with the Phillies after signing a five-year, $120 million deal in December of 2010.