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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Amaro: 'Very little chance' Phils trade Lee

By ESPNBoston.com

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB Network on Tuesday there was “very little chance” the team will trade left-hander Cliff Lee before Wednesday’s non-waivers trade deadline.

The Red Sox have been actively exploring trading for Lee, a baseball source said earlier in the week, but are concerned about his age, the money owed to him and the prospects that it would take to pry him away.

The 34-year-old Lee has roughly $8 million left for this season, $25 million in both 2014 and 2015, and a $12.5 million buyout if a club option is not exercised in 2016. The Sox will take on money or give up players (but have their limits there), but it will be highly unlikely they’d be willing to do both.