Lee agrees to $100m deal with Phils

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

NEW YORK: Turns out the Philadel­phia Phillies do have enough money for both Cliff Lee and Roy Hal­la­day - and Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, too.

A year af­ter Phillies traded him away, Lee chose to re­join them and form a fear­some four­some that is the envy of all of base­ball. The free-agent pitcher passed up an ex­tra $50 mil­lion from the New York Yan­kees and reached a pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment on a $100 mil­lion, five-year con­tract with the Phillies on Mon­day night, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The agree­ment is sub­ject to the 32-year-old left-han­der pass­ing a phys­i­cal, the per­son said on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the agree­ment was not fi­nal.

The Yan­kees and Texas Rangers had been con­sid­ered the front-run­ners, but the Phillies wound up with the most-prized free agent of the off­sea­son, reach­ing a deal that gives them a dom­i­nant ro­ta­tion that likely is the strong­est in the ma­jors.

Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award win­ner, joins Hal­la­day, a two-time Cy Young Award win­ner who won the NL honor last month. Af­ter Lee helped the de­fend­ing cham­pion Phillies reach the 2009 World Se­ries, he was sent to Seat­tle in a fourteam, nine-player trade last Dec. 16 that brought Hal­la­day to Philadel­phia. -Ap

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