Report: Cliff Lee Claimed off Waivers, Joe Blanton Traded to Dodgers
The Philadelphia Phillies have continued remaking their roster after trading Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino at the trade deadline. For the first time in years, the Phillies were sellers at the trade deadline, and more moves have been made today.
Joe Blanton was put on waivers by the Phillies, and the Dodgers then claimed and traded for the right-handed starting pitcher. The Phillies will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Blanton was expected to be traded at the trade deadline, but a deal with the Orioles fell through due to monetary issues.
The Blanton move was expected. A more interesting story, however, is developing about Cliff Lee. Yesterday, the Phillies put Lee on waivers, with most expecting him to not be claimed because of his large contract.
But according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, Lee has not cleared waivers. The Dodgers have claimed Lee and have till Sunday to work out a deal with the Phillies.
The Phillies will either have to pull Lee off waivers, let him leave or negotiate a deal with the team who claimed him.