According to The Boston Globe's Nick Carfardo, the Phillies and Red Sox "have engaged in talks" that would send Cliff Lee and Michael Young to Boston. A snag in the talks is the Red Sox's refusal to deal any of their top prospects, which is what a package of Lee and Young would cost.
The inclusion of Young in this deal would likely mean that this potential deal would have to be done before Wednesday's 4 pm trade deadline because, unlike Lee, Young is not expected to clear waivers.
Young, 36, is batting .277/.342/.402 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 97 games for the Phillies this season. Lee, 34, is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP with 131 strikeouts in 144.2 innings of work. A concern has arisen about his health as he missed his start on Saturday due to a stiff neck. Lee is owed $50 million the next two seasons that includes a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 as well.
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