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Possible Trade Details
Boston Red Sox Acquire: P Cliff Lee
Philadelphia Phillies Acquire: SS Xander Bogaerts, P Anthony Ranaudo
Why This Trade Works
Ruben Amaro Jr. has repeatedly said that he is not interested in trading Cliff Lee, but the Phillies' GM would have to be nuts not to at least sniff around a bit.
Lee would be the best player on the trade block if Amaro would say that he's open for business, as he has gone 9-2 with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. His 4.6 WAR is the best in the MLB, and he has the potential to secure a playoff spot or make a team a contender for the World Series.
Assuming that Amaro is open to talks for Lee, the Red Sox are a match made in heaven.
Very few teams are competing in a tough division and trying to win it all, have the cap space to take Lee's contract and have the prospects to interest the Phils.
The Red Sox have the best record in the American League, but the team is only 3.5 games up in its own division and in the wild card. The team is far from guaranteed to make it to the postseason, but adding Lee would help.
The Red Sox have struggled to find consistent pitching outside of Clay Buchholz, who is currently on the DL. Ryan Dempster has been a bust (5-8, 4.15 ERA) and Jon Lester has completely fallen apart, watching his ERA balloon from 2.72 to 4.61 over his last nine starts.
A 1-2 punch of Lee and a healthy Buchholz would be a fearsome duo for the Red Sox, and it could potentially make Boston the World Series favorite.
While Lee has the option to veto a trade to the Red Sox, he would probably love to go to the best team in the AL, since he has said that he just wants to win.
Boston could take on Lee's massive contract, and if it is willing to part with future superstar Xander Bogaerts in the deal, there's no way Amaro can say no.