Cliff Lee Returns to the Philadelphia Phillies: Fastball Point of View

In 2009, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. acquired Cliff Lee from the Cleveland Indians, and the Phillies fans cheered for him every time on the field.  He was one of Phillies better starting pitchers.  In fact, with him on the roster, he boosted Cole Hamels out of his doldrums back then.  Cliff Lee has signed a five-year, $120 million guaranteed contract with the Phillies, and this time, he intends to stay.  Furthermore, to everyone’s surprise, he rejected offers from the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers.

Now he’s part of one of the most devastating starting pitching rotations in baseball currently — with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.  As long as the starting pitchers don’t become cold at the end of the season, the Phillies should remain just potent enough with their bats to get into the playoffs and quite possibly the World Series.


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