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Cliff Lee has got to feel a little spurned after the Phillies put his name on the block just before the deadline (via USA Today).
After winning the 2008 AL Cy Young Award as a Cleveland Indian, Lee was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for the second portion of the 2009 season, where he pitched to the tune of 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and was a hit in Philly.
Despite pitching admirably for the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, he was dealt during the offseason to the Mariners, where he would last just 13 starts before being traded to the Texas Rangers for the remainder of the 2010 season, where he would again have a chance to pitch in the World Series.
And then there was the offseason drama that ensued, where it looked as if the Yankees had all but locked up Lee to a mega deal, only for Lee to accept a deal with the Phillies instead, opting to join Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay in pursuit of a World Series. Now he's on the chopping block again this summer.
Lee's 2012 numbers (2-6, 3.73 ERA and 1.18 WHIP) are a direct reflection of the Phillies offense and lack of run support he's received this season.
Did Lee not prove his worth to the Phillies brass with his postseason performance in 2009 and 17-8, 2.40 ERA campaign in 2011?
He may not admit it, but Lee has got to be upset with the way the Phillies are yanking him around. In my mind, he's better served pitching for a contender like Texas or the Yankees rather than being part of a rebuilding process in Philadelphia.
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