Sources: Phillies interested in Lee

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July 3

“The Phillies’ obsession with Cliff Lee continues.

The two-time defending National League champions again are interested in acquiring Lee, according to major-league sources.

The more immediate need for the Phillies is an infielder; second baseman Chase Utley will be out eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right-thumb ligament, and third baseman Placido Polanco will be out three to four weeks with triceps tendinitis in his right arm.

The Phils, rather than continue with Wilson Valdez at second and Greg Dobbs at third, are expected to move quickly to acquire help, targeting the Orioles’ Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton, among others, sources say. Tejada currently is playing third, while Wigginton has played first, second and third this season.

The bigger prize, though, would be Lee.

The Phillies want to upgrade their rotation, and their focus is on top-of-the-rotation types rather than fourth and fifth starters. Lee is by far the best starter available, and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “will not cut off his nose to spite his face” by refusing to consider a pitcher he traded in a controversial move last offseason, according to one source.”

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