Cliff Lee still wants to play and win in Philadelphia
Amid constant trade rumors, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee says he still wants to play and win in the City of Brotherly Love.
According to ESPN, Lee is not looking for a change of scenery and made that clear Tuesday night when he spoke to reporters.
“I want to win. I signed to win here. If that was misconstrued that I want to play someplace else, that’s not the case. I want to play here,” the former Cy Young Award winner said.
Last week, Lee stepped around questions posed to him by the media about whether or not he wanted to remain in Philadelphia. A day later, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. publically announced that he had no plans to trade the 34-year-old lefthander.
“It starts and ends with pitching, as far as I’m concerned. So the more quality pitching you have, the better chance you have to build around that to win.”
Lee, a three time all-star, is in the third season of a five-year, $120 million contract. In last night’s performance, he struck out nine batters in eight innings and propelled the team to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, notes MLB.
“If we play fundamental baseball and everyone plays up to their capabilities, we can beat anybody,” Lee said.
Despite the team’s dismal sub .500 record, Lee has lived up to his capabilities this season boasting a 9-2 record with a 2.53 ERA.