November 03, 2015
In a bit of housekeeping news that comes as no surprise, the Phillies declined pitcher Cliff Lee’s 2016 club option, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. For his trouble, Clifton Phifer will receive quite a nice going-away present:
This is no surprise, but Phillies have officially declined Cliff Lee's 2016 club option. He will be paid a $12.5 million buyout.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) November 3, 2015
Upon some reflection, it’s extremely sad how Lee’s career ended in Philly. The 37-year-old left-hander tore his flexor tendon in spring training and missed the entire 2015 season. Think about how exciting that December night back in 2010 was, when the Phillies swooped in at the last minute and Lee chose to spurn the New York Yankees (who were offering more money). Think about Lee in total control against the Bronx Bombers in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series.
Oh well, all good things must come to an end. Great ones, too.
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