As the Cliff Lee Free Agency Dong-a-Roo winds toward its inevitable, Scrooge McDuck-swimming-in-treasure'd conclusion, there are indications that the Phillies are a dark horse for the left-hander's services.
Healthy, real journalist Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has been alluding to a third "mystery team" involved in negotiations with Lee, in addition to the consensus favorite Yankees and Rangers. Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports hearing that the Phillies could be that third "mystery team."
Are they? Doubtful. Worth following? Probably. Any deal for Lee would likely require jettisoning a contract or two, possibly Roy Oswalt or Cole Hamels, which gets us awfully close to a zero gain situation.
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