Phillies declined Cliff Lee club option for 2016
- Updated: November 4, 2015
Philadelphia: The 2015 MLB Season in Philadelphia was known as “End of Era” as the Phillies said good bye to fan favorites such as (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels) and also the end of Ruben Amaro Jr as general manager, and that means the start of an brand new era of Phillies baseball. On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that they have declined the $27.5 million club option in Cliff Lee contract for the 2016 season which includes a $12.5M buyout which making him a free agent. Cliff Lee missed the entire 2015 season with a left common flexor tendon tear.
The Phillies acquired Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco at the MLB trade deadline on July 29 , 2009 from the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson, and Jason Knapp. The Phillies would make the 2009 World Series and Cliff Lee took center stage in the World Series by throwing a complete game in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series, winning the game 6–1 against the New York Yankees and also win Game 5 of the series by allowing five runs and three walks while striking out three in seven innings, he would go 4-0 in the postseason which saw winning games 1 and 4 of NLDS, NLCS Game 3.
The Phillies resigned Cliff Lee as a Free Agent in December 2010 to a five-year, $125 million contract. The 2011 season was a very magical as they had the 4 Aces which was
1. Cole Hamels
2. Roy Halladay
3. Roy Oswalt
4. Cliff Lee
This team would win 102 games and have home field for the playoffs. Lee would start Game 2 of 2011 NLDS and would have a 4-0 lead on the St Louis Cardinals and he could not hold the lead and the Phillies would lose the game and the series in 5 games.
During his 5 years with the Phillies (2009, 2010-14), Lee would go 48-34 with a 2.94 ERA in 118 starts with 12 complete games, 827.1 innings, 813 strikeouts. Lee represented the Phillies at the All-Star Game in both 2011 and 2013. Cliff Lee would got 5-1 in Postseason games with Phillies, including 2 wins in the 2009 World Series.