Cliff Lee: Lefty Ace Happy to Be Back in Philly
Cliff Lee is a Philadelphia Phillie again. The coveted left-hander signed a five-year, $120 million deal to rejoin the Phillies on Monday, and said he couldn't be happier to be back in the City of Brotherly Love.
"Obviously I wanted to be back," Lee told a Philadelphia-area television affiliate Tuesday night. "I'm here, so I'm excited and ready to get this deal finalized and be back with the Phillies."
Lee passed up more lucrative offers from both the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees to sign with the Phillies, a team seen as an outsider in the race to get one of baseball's most dominant lefties.
The 32-year-old Lee will join a rotation already featuring three pitchers that could be aces on any other staff. Right-hander Roy Halladay is a Cy Young contender virtually every season, Roy Oswalt is as dominant a pitcher as you'll find in baseball, and Cole Hamels, a lefty, is capable of putting up some truly gaudy totals.
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