Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett also wouldn't mind being traded to the Nats

Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett also wouldn't mind being traded to the Nats
July 22, 2014, 10:45 am
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It was just two weeks ago a report came out that Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels had the Nationals on a list of teams he would allow a trade to. Now one of his teammates has followed suit.

Starter Cliff Lee has a no-trade clause very similar to Hamels' where he can essentially block a deal to 20 different MLB teams. That leaves nine other than the Phillies, and on that list is the Nationals.

Check this tweet from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

Lee, much like Hamels, also has the Braves on his list, another team the Phillies would be very unlikely to trade him to. Perhaps there is some strategy there as Philly would probably prefer to send him out of the NL East.

Seeing another star pitcher welcome joining the Nats, though, is another indication of their standing in baseball. It was just a few years ago Zack Greinke openly didn't want to play in Washington, now the Nats look like a destination.

Lee has a heck of a contract coming with him, if any team wants to pull the trigger on a trade. He's owed $25 million in 2015 and has a vesting option for 2016 valued at $27.5 million. That's a lot of cash for a guy who turns 36 in August.

Judging by Lee's list, it doesn't look like joining a World Series contender is his biggest priority. Beyond the Nats and Braves, none of the other teams he listed are on track to make the playoffs this season. Not sure what to make of that.

[Update] - Apparently A.J. Burnett also would welcome a trade to the Nats. Here is an update from Crasnick:

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