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By Matthew Jay Hutcheson Jr, Phillies Correspondent, Fri, Feb 27th 7:32pm EST

According to Bob McClure, Cliff Lee will start Thursday's Grapefruit game against the Houston Astros. The news couldn't be better for Lee and for the Phillies' trade hopes this year. If Lee can stay healthy, there is no doubt that teams will come knocking. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lee's value in fantasy, as in every other aspect, is predicated on health. If he can stay healthy, Lee will be one of the better arms in baseball and fantasy. Owners will want to keep tabs on his spring training progression, but all signs are pointing up as we speak.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Feb 25th 9:33pm EST

Cliff Lee last pitched in a Major League game on Jul 31 of last season against the Washington Nationals. He left that game with a sore left elbow and has been working to get back ever since. Wednesday he took a big step, as he pitched eight minutes of live batting practice. Lee had previously thrown off the mound 15 times prior to the start of spring training. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lee will probably pitch to live hitters again sometime this weekend. His next step will likely be a Grapefruit League start in a couple of weeks. There's no telling whether or not Lee will be ready to start the season, but expect Lee to be a top fantasy starter when he's fully healthy.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Fri, Feb 6th 4:41pm EST

The Philadelphia Phillies have made several moves this off season, including trading veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Another player who could be on the move before the season starts is starting pitcher Cliff Lee. The biggest factor on whether or not Lee is traded is his health. Lee is currently recovering from an elbow injury which sidelined him for the second half of last season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear which team would Lee would be traded to, if a trade happens. Assuming Lee is healthy and plays for a contender, he would pile up a lot of innings, wins, strikeouts and have a low ERA. That would make him one of the top fantasy starters in baseball. The key is Lee's health, so keep an eye on his progress through spring training.

By Jeff Rosenberg, Phillies Correspondent, Sun, Jan 18th 1:02pm EST

4x All-Star and former CY Young winner Cliff Lee is on track to compete for his second Comeback Player of the Year award this season. According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cliff Lee is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound in the next seven to ten days. Recently, he's been participating in long toss drills with no pain, and all signs point to the 36-year-old being ready for Opening Day. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via HardBallTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Lee's stats last year were respectable for a normal pitcher but certainly below his career numbers as he dealt with elbow issues and an eventually revealed flexor pronator strain that ended his season after only 81.1 innings. During that span, Lee posted an ERA of 3.65, a 1.38 WHIP and a 72/12 K/BB ratio. The ERA could see a slight reduction if things fall right, but almost certainly we will see a healthy Cliff Lee miss more bats this season while dropping his WHIP closer to his career average of 1.196. Lee also will be amongst the players most discussed in trade talks through July and could find himself amidst a playoff run with any team aiming for October, while the Phillies look to rebuild. Lee makes for a high upside steal any time after pick 75.

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news | Mar 2nd, 2:50pm
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news | Feb 27th, 8:35pm
Any team in baseball that thinks it might need starting-pitching help this season might want to take a peek Thursday at the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros in Kissimmee. Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch, which means he is not behind schedule in relation to other pitchers in camp. Lee finished last season on the disabled list with an injured left elbow, but there have been...