Apr 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (33) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Could San Francisco Giants Trade for Cliff Lee?

99% of all rumors are not true, but 100% of all rumors are fun to talk about.

The latest one around the bay surrounds the San Francisco Giants and Phillies’ pitcher Cliff Lee, who CSN’s Andrew Baggarly suggests could be a target of the Giants at the trade deadline:

If recent history is any indication, the Giants go for it when they have a chance to repeat. Witness their trade of Zack Wheeler, their top pitching prospect, for what they knew would be a three-month rental of Carlos Beltran in 2011.

That move didn’t work out. But Lee, who will be 35 in August, still appears to be near the top of his game – and putting him behind a solid defense, in the wide-open parks of the NL West, and you begin to wonder just how long he could continue to be a difference maker atop a rotation.

Lee, who beat the Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park, has a 5-0 record with a minute 0.88 ERA against San Francisco during the regular season (of course, we can’t forget Game 5 of the 2010 World Series).

However, Lee is owed a tremendous amount of money — $25 million per year until 2016, where he has a club option.

Should he be an option for the Giants at the trade deadline? They could lose up to three members of their starting rotation this offseason, with Tim Lincecum being a free agent and Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong having club options.

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