UPDATE: Cliff Lee Claimed Off Waivers by Dodgers, But it’s Unlikely Phils Will Trade Him

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Ah, you know, guys, this is really getting old

Well, well. Look at that. An All-Star pitcher with a penchant for pissing excellence, specifically in October, didn’t magically slip through the waiver wire.

Jon Heyman reports that Cliff Lee did not clear waivers. But, all this means is that the Phillies can either pull him back off waivers, let him go to the team that claimed him, or work out a trade with that team.

Lee’s contract, of course, says that he can only be traded to or claimed by one of eight teams without his approval, and we don’t know which they are. Nor do we know which team claimed him.

The folks over at MLB Trade Rumors broke it down further:

The team(s) that claimed Lee showed a willingness to take on approximately $95MM in future commitments. Lee earns $21.5MM in 2012 and $25MM per season through 2015. His contract includes a $27.5MM vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5MM buyout. If the Phillies can assign Lee to the claiming team without his permission, they will now have to decide whether they value Lee's performance more than the flexibility they'd obtain by letting him go. If multiple teams claimed Lee, National League teams have priority over American League teams.


When asked about Lee this afternoon, Amaro told reporters, "he is not going anywhere.” So, Lee being claimed likely means nothing. Maybe. I don’t believe a word that comes out of Ruben Amaro’s mouth.

UPDATE: Howard Eskin reports that the Phillies pulled Lee off waivers when the claim was made. But no confirmation on that.

UPDATE 2: Eskin was wrong. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that it was the Dodgers (yeah, the team that wanted Cole Hamels and just traded for Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton) who put the claim in on Lee. Morosi feels it's unlikely that they will ultimately obtain him, but there's still the possibility.

Heyman provides more details: [CBS Sports]

The Phillies will talk, but their people have suggested to others they don't see a trade for Lee as very likely. If a trade can't be worked out, the Phillies would then pull back Lee and he wouldn't be traded this season. If a player is put on waivers a second time, he can't be pulled back.

Prior to the deadline the Phillies weren't offering to pay down the $95 million remaining on Lee's deal through 2015 while also asking for a big prospect back. The claiming team obviously has to be willing to absorb the full contract, as the Phillies theoretically could just send him to that team (although people familair with the team's thinking say they aren't likely to do that).



UPDATE 3: The Dodgers' website is reporting that the team was prepared to take on Lee's contract, but the Phillies wanted a major haul in return, so the Dodgers settled on Blanton (heh). Looks like Lee is staying in Philly.

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  • Chris R August 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I believe nothing of what comes out of his mouth or goes into his vagina.

  • rueban sucks!!! August 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    rueban imaro lyed to us! now the yankees are gonna get him and win the WS! i new this phils team was doomed. now we dont even get anything for lee n we realy need a 2nd basemen

  • Beez Nutz August 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    So when this is done … essentially
    We traded Victorino, Pence, Blanton and Cliff Lee
    All for that faggot Hamels
    Great work

  • The Truth August 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Gotta consider letting him just walk so you can reallocate the money elsewhere in the off-season. Maybe invest in younger talent instead of burning about $100M in an aging, overrated arm. More so when the last time he had a steady stream of pissing excellence in October was back in 2009.

  • Lt. August 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Yeah, he pissed excellence last October, too.
    Oh, wait…

  • SmokeyBear August 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Huh, what are you morons talking about? Some team put a claim on him, nothing else. You half-ass “fans” that know nothing about how any of the four major sports work drive me in-fucking-sane. Cliff Lee is not going anywhere. Neither is Rueben, Charlie, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Doc, or Cole. Deal with it idiots.

  • paul holgren August 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I’d drink a fifth of Jack and trade him to the Rangers for Nolan Ryan.

  • Ryan Theriot August 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Cliff Lee sucks anyway.

  • mexicant1 August 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    heymans twitter says lee did not clear waivers

  • Beez Nutz August 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    He is not gonna be here next season its obvious…

  • Veiny Dick Man August 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    You fucking pussies cried to get rid of him and now you cry when he leaves.

  • Grape Soda August 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    rube is a loser

  • Sasquatchswetdream August 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    This sh** is dumb and annoying for so many reasons. Cliff Lee has always been overrated, the deal was stupid to begin with (yes, I hated it the day it was announced) when you have so many offensive needs. But the dude wants to be here, he’s a competitor and this BS just makes the team, fans, and especially the front office look like a joke. Obtain Lee, trade him when he doesn’t want to leave for garbage in return to obtain an older pitcher, reacquire & overpay Lee, devalue him & your team by attempting to trade him expecting way too much in return cuz your farm blows, then place him on waivers? I have nothing positive to say…. It just sucks we’ll be back to the Veteran’s stadium days by the end of the season, FAs will want nothing to do with the club

  • Beez Nutz August 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    How could anyone think cliff lee is overrated and cole hamels is not

  • Ace Lefty August 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    How many Cy Young’s does Cole have again? What is Cole’s lifetime ERA? How many seasons did he dominate in the AL? You’re all assholes. Cliff Lee is a fucking stud. Congratulations on losing your mind over 1 largely unlucky season you fucking women. This city doesn’t deserve CPL. Please trade him to a team that will score runs and not shit the bed in the field when he pitches.

  • Joe August 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    You had me at hello

  • James Comma Rick August 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm


  • 3 Finger Lenny August 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    So carts, richie, gagne, hexy, fat pig joe blanton, victorino , abreu & dee gordon walk into a bar”……..

  • Demolition Smash August 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Did anyone else notice that CSN didn’t show Cliff Lee in the dugout for tonights game? Even after the “Phillie of the Week” video, when they usually cut to the guy right away, they went to something else with no mention of him?

  • Flyer August 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    No one here understands MLB waiver wire

  • tfor3 August 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Why do people think its in Rube’s best interest to be honest? Who fucking cares?

  • DJ Justin Moore August 4, 2012 at 1:26 am

    So many dumbass bandwagon fans on here that don’t know a fucking thing about baseball. And it’s apparent they didn’t read the article and jumped to the comment box to spew their ignorance or “dumbassery” as I like to call it.

  • Veiny Dick Man August 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

    DJ Justin Moore is a faggot, hows that for lack of knowledge pigfucker.

  • ThePhillyFlash August 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Not that it will happen, but if Lee is traded, all I have to ask is—-SO FREAKING WHAT? Top players, even future Hall of Famers are traded all the time. Wilt Chamberlain was traded, Wayne Gretzky was moved, Joe Montana was traded, Albert Pujols walked. It happens. Get over it already!

  • 3 Finger Lenny August 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Yo Dj Justin, take your bandwagon, “this team is all mine” attitude & beat it!!!
    Get the fuck off the site, pussy

  • SIC August 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Ace lefty – When it’s all said and done Cole will have a better career than Cliff. 28 vs 33 years old… Cliff had is best seasons after 30… Think about it

  • Kitty Kat August 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Still with the Hamels vs Lee arguments. Ugh!

  • cheap air jordans August 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future.

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