The Red Sox are reportedly looking to add a starting pitcher before Wednesday’s MLB trade deadline passes, and one of the names that they’re supposedly interested in is Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. And while the Phils are open to parting ways with Lee, a former Cy Young winner, they’re reportedly not willing to do so without receiving a valuable young piece in return.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Phillies want the Sox’s top infield prospect, Xander Bogaerts, in exchange for the 34-year old Lee.
The 20-year old Bogaerts has been tearing it up in the minor leagues this year, racking up a .891 OPS between Double and Triple-A this season, and is considered to be a Major League ready prospect at shortstop and third base.
Lee is 10-4 this season with a 3.05 ERA in 20 starts and 144.2 innings pitched. He’s also owed about $77.5 million for the next two-and-a-half seasons, a very expensive pricetag for a Sox team that was hell bent on avoiding huge contracts this past offseason.
Lee also has a 20-team no-trade clause in his contract that includes the Red Sox, so he would have to approve a trade to the Sox if one was to be agreed upon.
A potential blockbuster deal hinges on whether the Red Sox are willing to part with a promising young kid who could be a fixture of their infield for years to come in exchange for an expensive veteran who can add pitching depth and help them push for a World Series title this season.