Report: Cliff Lee claimed on waivers
Friday afternoon, Heyman Tweeted that “Cliff Lee did NOT clear waivers,” meaning that at least one team put in a claim for the 33-year-old who is 2-6 with a 3.73 ERA this season.
If multiple claims were put in, then the one with the highest waiver priority – a priority determined in inverse order of the standings, meaning that as of Friday Houston would have first crack and Cincinnati last – is the one that the Phillies must negotiate with.
The claim was somewhat of a surprise to insiders, as Lee is owed $95 million through 2015, and his contract includes a $27.5 million option (or $12.5 million buyout) in 2016. Further complicating matters is the fact that Lee can block trades and claims to 21 teams, which could limit the Phillies flexibility depending on who placed the claim.
Update, 7:07 p.m.: Heyman has tweeted that the Dodgers are the team that has put in a claim for Lee. He added, however, "word is the Phillies do not really want to trade Cliff Lee."
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