MLB Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Cliff Lee Claimed on Waivers by Los Angeles Dodgers

There had been talk heading into the July 31st trade deadline that the Philadelphia Phillies would try to trade former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. The Texas Rangers, where Lee pitched in the second half of the 2010 season, had been mentioned as a candidate for Lee.

But the Phillies and Rangers did not work out a deal for Lee before the trade deadline.

As a result, the Phillies placed Lee on trade waivers. A mystery team, which was later revealed to be the Los Angeles Dodgers, put in a claim for Lee but the Phillies pulled back, which means that Lee will not head to the Dodgers.

The Phillies had reportedly wanted a big package in exchange for Lee, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.

All that putting Lee on waivers means is that the Phillies wanted to know if any team would claim his ridiculous contract, which will pay him approximately $95 million by the end of the 2015 season. When the Phillies pulled back, they guaranteed that Lee will remain with the team for the remainder of the year because a player cannot be placed on revocable waivers only once during this period.

So if the Phillies put Lee on waivers again, they would lose him because the Dodgers would claim him, and the Phillies don’t want to do that. This does increase the likelihood that the Phillies will attempt to trade Lee to the Dodgers in the offseason.

Neither Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti or Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr would comment when asked about the claim on Lee.

The Dodgers clearly want to win this year, as indicated by their trade for Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino in the month of July, as well as their trade for Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton on Friday.

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