Cliff Lee hears the talk about being dealt as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, but his focus is on getting back to the mound.
“Whatever,” Lee said. “It is what it is. It’s out of my control.”
Lee is set to return Monday night when the Phillies open a four game series against the San Francisco Giants. His main focus is getting back to pitching well and without restrictions.
The 35-year-old is 4-4 at the big league level this season, but was hit around in a rehab tune up on Monday with Class A Clearwater. Despite the rough outing Lee says he feels strong and is throwing pain free. This could be good news for potential Lee suitors as he will get two starts in before the trade deadline, giving teams a chance to assess his ability at this point.
Lee is signed through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016. He is owed over $10 million this season and $25 million next season.
Despite trade rumors about Cole Hamels, the Phillies have said they would rather trade Lee.
“Right now I’m a Phillie,” said Lee. “I’m ready to help this team win.”