Nothing has warmed the hearts of Phillies fans this offseason quite like the passing mention of Cliff Lee's name. Thrilled to bring back the fan-favorite after foolishly trading him before the 2010 season, the Phillies are sure to reap the rewards of their efforts.
Normally considered a staff ace, Lee will have to settle for second fiddle in 2011 behind multi-Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. But neither Lee nor Halladay find this to be an issue.
Lee had a tough start in 2010 after the shock of being traded, being falsely accused of purposely throwing over a batter's head in spring training and then and injury which delayed his start of the season. Lee was later traded from the Mariners to the Rangers and ended the year with a 3.18 ERA and a superb 1.00 WHIP.
Lee is very happy to be back in Philadelphia where he feels most at home. And as part of a rotation that boasts Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, Lee and his fellow pitchers are sure to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents in 2011.