The Phillies officially declinedCliff Lee’s club option for 2016 today, which means the pitcher is now a free agent. As part of his contract, the Phillies will pay him $12.5 million to not pitch for them this season.
Nice work if you can get it! Per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Lee was owed $27.5 million this year if he pitched for the Phillies. The Phillies actually saved $15 million by paying him eight figures to go away.
Mar 21, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Former Phillies ace Cliff Lee has had an interesting week. For starters, the club declined his $27.5 million option for 2016, buying him out of the deal for $12.5 million and making him a free agent in the process. He had missed the entire 2015 season with an elbow injury.
Now, we’ve learned that Lee has sold his lavish 3-bedroom condo on the 20th floor at 1706 Rittenhouse. Lee originally listed the home in April for $6.9 million and Laurie Phillips, the agent for both the buyer and the seller on the transaction, confirmed a deal has been struck and that the closing on the sale occurred yesterday. Lee and his family had lived in the home up until recently, and have since moved back to the pitcher’s home state of Arkansas.
According to Redfin, the condo sold for$6.55 million, and includes three full baths, hardwood floors and a fireplace in the living room. Phillips said the home is “in beautiful condition,” and features a gourmet kitchen by Joanne Hudson as well as views to the north, south, east and west.
Jonathan Papelbon’s Living Room in 1706 Rittenhouse | Photos: TREND via Realtor.com
It looks like those early buyers at 1706 Rittenhouse are starting to see the value in their investment. The first resale of a unit in the luxury building recently closed on May 21 for a whopping $7.14 million, according to Zillow. City records show that unit 1901 was purchased in 2011 for $4.825 million. Yeah, we’d say that’s a pretty good return.
Cliff Lee. Photo | Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports, Home Photos: Nancy Nolan Photographs/Laurie Phillips Real Estate
While uncertainty surrounds the future of Cliff Lee on the baseball diamond, two things are certain for the Phillies ace. One, his full-floor condo at 1706 Rittenhouse is now on the market for a downright filthy $6.9 million. Two, the place is gorgeous–plain and simple.
We’re not sure if the southpaw had a hand in decorating the spacious pad, but it’s certainly not the typical digs of an athlete. You’ll understand when you see the gallery below.
Among the great one-game feats by Philadelphia athletes, a few recent ones stand out. Allen Iverson‘s 48 points in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Keith Primeau going around the net and tying Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals with two minutes left. Terrell Owens‘ 122 yards in the Super Bowl on one leg. Ryan Howard‘s 3-homer game against the Braves in his MVP year. Roy Halladay‘s perfect game, followed by his playoff-opening no-hitter.
But one might stand above them all. It was 2009, and Cliff Lee dominated the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series.
The game was a joke. Lee struck out four of the first seven batters. In the fourth inning, he struck out the side: Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. He struck out 10 for the game. He didn’t give up a run until the ninth inning, when the Phillies had already scored six runs. He only allowed six hits. The run he gave up was unearned. It was incredible. The Phillies, already the reigning World Series champions, had embarrassed the mighty Yankees in that first game. Cliff Lee was on the sandlot, joking around, catching a pop-up without moving off the mound to show how much he was in control. Read more »
Cliff Lee returned to pitch for the Phillies Monday night for the first time since May 18th. After Lee won that game against the Reds, the Fightin’ Phils were 19-22 and just 3.5 games back of first in the NL East. Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies were 43-55 and 11 games back.
Before I was born, my father worked as the Eagles beat writer for the Bucks County Courier Times. He covered the team during the Dick Vermeil era, the team’s first taste of success since 1960. So did Smith. I asked my father about him on Monday, and he told me two stories:
Once, Smith apologized a year later for being unable to attend a party my parents threw.
In the late 1970s, at an Eagles banquet at the Union League, Gary Smith arrived late — wearing flip flops. “I can still hear them flapping on the spit-shined floors as Smith arrived late amid gasps from the double-breasted,” my dad wrote decades later in the Daily News.
So, why not recap it with a few animated GIFs! There was plenty to get excited about during Monday’s big win.
Yes, the first big highlight of the season was a walk. Ryan Howard has averaged 81 walks over a 162-game season for his career, so it’s not really surprising he drew a base on balls here. But look what it led to!
Yeah, it led to a run. And to the always-excellent scene of Ryan Howard rounding third base. Maybe Howard could’ve been a two-sport athlete: Get him going in open space and who’s going to tackle him? Howard finished 2-for-5 with 3 strikeouts.