Cliff Lee staying put, says Phillies GM | Baseball Notebook
On the day Philadelphia traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Dodgers, reports surfaced that left-hander Cliff Lee was claimed off waivers by another team.
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says Cliff Lee is going nowhere.
After Philadelphia traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Dodgers on Friday for a player to be named or cash, reports surfaced that Lee was claimed off waivers.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reported that Lee was claimed off waivers. Jon Morisi of Fox Sports tweeted that the Dodgers made the claim.
Asked about the reports, Amaro said, "It is irrelevant because he is not going anywhere."
Earlier this week, the cost-cutting Phillies traded outfielders Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to San Francisco.
Lee, who will turn 34 on Aug. 30, is owed approximately $95 million through 2015. The left-hander has a no-trade clause that prevents a deal to any of 21 teams without his consent.
Lee is still considered a front-line pitcher despite his struggles this season. He is 2-6 with a 3.73 earned-run average, and his 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings is the second-best average of his career. But he is allowing 1.1 home runs per nine innings, his highest rate since 2007.
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