Cliff Lee was traded three times within the span of a year and brought in 11 different players for the Indians, Phillies and Mariners, but not a single one has yet panned out into a solid major leaguer.
Ramirez doesn't appear to have a big-league future, meaning the 2009 trade of Lee to the M's will likely leave the Phillies with just Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies to show for it — clearly not a lot for a former Cy Young winner.
Think the Phils got robbed? Take a look at what the other teams brought in for one of the best left-handed starting pitchers in the game:
Cleveland: The Indians picked up four prospects from the Phillies in July 2009 for a year and a half of Lee, but three seasons later the group has collectively shown little promise.
Carlos Carrasco has a 9-11 record and 4.93 ERA in 33 career starts, but he missed all of last year following Tommy John surgery. Jason Donald and Lou Marson have both served as backups their entire tenures. Donald, a 27-year-old utility man, batted .202/.246/.282 in 2012, while Marson is a career .220/.309/.301 hitter. Jason Knapp, a former second-round pick, is out of baseball.
Seattle: The Mariners thought they hit the jackpot when they brought in first baseman Justin Smoak from Texas as one of four prospects acquired for just half a year of Lee. But Smoak, starting 132 games in 2012, batted just .217/.290/.364 with 19 homers, 51 RBIs and 111 K’s. He’s a career .223 hitter.
The other guys? Blake Beavan posted an 11-11 record with a 4.43 ERA last year but struck out just 67 batters in 152.1 innings. Josh Leuke was traded to Tampa Bay prior to 2012 and owns a career 7.25 ERA. Matt Lawson has spent the entirety of his last three seasons in Double-A.
While it’s still too early to completely give up on Smoak, or even Beavan, the results thus far have not been encouraging. Which brings us back to Aumont.
The 6-foot-7 right-handed fireballer made 18 appearances for the Phils in 2012, posting two saves and a 3.68 ERA. In 14.2 innings, he struck out 14 batters but also struggled with control, walking nine.
Gillies, the other man left from the Cliff Lee deal, has had many a problem with injuries and suspensions but had a promising showing — batting .304/.369/.453 in 68 games — at Reading last year. But he’s 24 and still a work in progress, clearly not ready for the majors just yet.
Aumont, 24 in 2013, has proven since his move back to the ’pen in 2011 that he could be a valuable asset. He fanned 137 batters in 98 innings (12.6 K/9) between Reading and Lehigh Valley the last two years while walking 59 men. He also successfully closed out 22 games.
CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury said on Phillies Hot Stove earlier this week he believes Aumont will make the bullpen out of spring training despite the newly acquired arms of Mike Adams and Chad Durbin. If Aumont does, he’ll get his first crack at a full season in the bigs.
So is Aumont the gem of the 11-player group? As of this point, yes, and that's not saying much since he's a reliever with 18 games of major-league experience. If the Phillies got less than Lee's worth, all it means is that they're one of three teams to have done so.