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Cliff Lee Takes Less; Signs With Phillies

Imagine that?  An athlete that takes less years, less money, to sign with a team that makes him happy.  A team that traded him away once already!  That's exactly what former Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee did tonight, signing a 5-year contract with the Philadelphia Philles.  Lee turned down a 7-year offer from the Yankees and a 6-year offer from the Texas Rangers.

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Think about that.  The Indians traded Lee thinking they had no shot to resign him.  They did so with over a year left on his contract.  After helping lead the Phillies to the World Series, the Phillies traded Lee to the Seattle Mariners last off-season.  He was traded to Texas in July helping the Rangers make their first World Series.

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While refreshing, it is another slap in the face to Cleveland fans who watched Albert Belle, Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez take the last dollar from other teams, while C.C. Sabathia and Lee were traded without so much as an offer.

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A tip of the cap to Lee for doing what was best for his heart, not his wallet.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.