By Jason Shetler
According to John Perrotto, the Pirates are said to be interested in free agent pitcher and former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.
Lee was the 2008 AL Cy Young recipient, a year in which he posted a 2.54 ERA, a 167 ERA+ and a 6.7 WAR for the Cleveland Indians. The 37-year-old left-hander has dealt with elbow issues the past two years. He was limited to just 13 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, and missed all of last season with a tear in his flexor tendon. Lee is now a free agent, after the Phillies declined his 2016 option worth $27.5 million. He was given a buyout of $12.5 million instead.
This isn’t the first time that the Pirates have had their eye on Lee. In December of 2007, which was Neal Huntington’s first offseason as Pirates general manager, there was a confirmed rumor that Huntington wanted to acquire Lee and a couple other players from the Indians in a potential deal for Jason Bay, but the trade obviously never happened.