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Dodgers claim Phillies' Lee on waivers, deal not likely

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The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee on waivers, according to CBS Sports.

The teams have 72 hours to work out a trade. Otherwise, the Phillies can pull Lee back.

Sources told CBS Sports that a trade is unlikely, however, because of the Phillies' high asking price. Plus, Lee has $95 million left on his contract that runs through 2015. Before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies reportedly wanted a top prospect in return for Lee and for the other team to fully absorb his contract.

Lee also has a no-trade clause and lists 21 teams that he would not approve in a deal. The Texas Rangers are the only team known to be approved by Lee.

The 33-year-old is 2-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 18 starts this season.

If a player is put on waivers a second time, he cannot be pulled back.

Earlier Friday, the Dodgers claimed Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton on waivers and the teams agreed on a trade with Blanton going to Los Angeles for a player to be named later or cash.
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