Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been adamant this offseason about his willingness to trade his best players.
Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and names like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee have all been labeled as tradable pieces during the Phillies rebuilding process.
Both Hamels and Lee were thought by many to most likely traded around the MLB Trade Deadline, if not even earlier in the season, depending on how quickly Philadelphia found itself out of playoff contention.
However, Amaro may have a hard time trading Lee after having to put the pitcher on the 60-day disabled list before the season got underway.
The four-time All-Star has a torn common flexor tendon in his left and was advised to stop throwing last week. At this point Lee is attempting to just rehab the injury and avoid surgery.
Lee’s injury not only hurts both him and the Phillies chances on the field, but also hurts them in their future endeavors.
Prior to the injury the Phillies were banking on both Lee and Hamels to have good starts of the year in hopes of getting more for the two pitchers in a trade. Now the trade value for Lee, who is 36-years old and in the last guaranteed year of his five-year, $120 million dollar contract, has gone way down.
Not only will Philadelphia not be able to get as many, or as good, prospects for Lee, but now Lee won’t get as much money has he would like if, and when, he does find a new club to play for.