Wow. I don’t know if anybody had billed Cliff Lee as heading back to the National League, but that is what the man decided to do on Monday night, agreeing to a 5-year deal worth around $120 million with the Philadelphia Phillies. It is said that Lee left around $30 million extra (and that’s not even including the vesting 7th year option) on the table from a 6-year deal courtesy of the Yankees. In the end, it looks like the Rangers were what I would deem the odd man out for Lee. A two-man race developed Monday between New York and Philly, and the Fightins came out victorious. Now, from a baseball standpoint, a rotation of Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Oswalt-5th starter looks borderline ridiculous. I’m not sure anybody can take down that stable of horses.
But what an incredible turn of events. It is now obvious as day that when Cliff Lee said he thoroughly enjoyed his time as a Phillie, he was certainly not lying. Re-upping with the team that decided to trade him last off-season is certainly unconventional, but I suppose this isn’t the first time that this has happened (Honestly though, it might be the first time it’s happened with a player of this magnitude). In the end, Cliff Lee got his money, and made the Phillies, who were already a serious contender to begin with, that much more dangerous. This definitely looks like the team to beat in the National League as of now.