UNDATED (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The
Associated Press that Cliff Lee has reached preliminary agreement
on a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The five-year, $100
million deal is subject to the 32-year-old left-hander passing a
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers had been courting Lee,
but were told last night they were out of the running.
The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner turned down longer and more
lucrative offers to return to the team he helped reach the 2009
World Series after a midseason trade from Cleveland.
The return of Lee to Philadelphia gives the Phillies an
impressive starting rotation, on paper. Lee joins 21-game winner
Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt (OHZ'-walht) and Cole Hamels.