On Monday night, there were many scouts in attendance at Citizens Bank Park for the return of Cliff Lee for the Philadelphia Phillies as he took on the San Francisco Giants in his first start off the disabled list since May.
The start was far from memorable, as Lee ended up allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5.2 innings, walked one and struck out three in a 7-4 loss to the first place Giants. There were two times during the game that Lee had a lead in the game; at 2-1 and then again at 4-3, but Lee surrendered the lead to San Francisco in the game.
If there was any positiveness to take from the shaky start; of the 12 hits, only two were extra-base hits, a double and a home run. The rest were singles and mostly ground balls finding holes in the Phillies infield, so while Lee gave up a lot of hits, they weren't all extra-base hits getting smacked all over the field. Despite that, the results didn't do the Phillies any favors as far as trying to unload his contract goes.
The New York Yankees as expected were on hand to watch Lee's first game back in over two month as Dan Martin of the New York Post reported late Monday night after the game, and while they were interested observers, Martin said that the asking price right now is too much for the 35-year-old lefty.
"The Yankees continue to proclaim they have faith in their young, inexperienced starting pitching, but that hasn’t kept them from keeping an eye on Cliff Lee. But a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Yankees were “just observers” as the left-hander made his first start for the Phillies on Monday night since returning from the disabled list with a strained tendon in his elbow on May 18. According to the source, Philadelphia was still asking for too much for Lee — who turns 36 next month — and not willing to take on enough of his remaining salary. Lee is due $25 million next season and would be due a buyout of $12.5 million if a team option for $27.5 million is not picked up in 2016."
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