Dodgers awarded claim on Phillies’ Cliff Lee

Phillies News The Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership group continues to show that it is committed to winning it all in 2012. After acquiring right-hander Joe Blanton from the Phillies on Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Dodgers were awarded claiming rights on Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee, who was placed on waivers earlier this week.

Now, the Phillies can work out a trade with the Dodgers, pull Lee back from waivers or just let the Dodgers take on the 34-year-old veteran’s remaining salary. Lee is receiving $21.5 million this year and is under contract for $25 million through 2015. He also has a vesting option for $27.5 million in 2016 and a $12.5 million buyout.

Trading for or taking on Lee is undoubtedly a commitment that can have benefits in the short term. Though Lee is just 2-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 16 starts this year for the Phillies, he is a proven veteran with post-season experience.

The Dodgers rotation currently includes Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and the newly acquired Blanton. Adding Lee would give Los Angeles two ace-caliber arms. Billingsley, Capuano, Harang and Blanton are ideally suited for back of the rotation roles.

Shedding the long-term commitment to Lee could benefit the Phillies for the short term since they can spend the money to add multiple players instead of retaining a veteran whose performance in two years likely won’t warrant the salary he is receiving.

The Phillies just signed 28-year-old left-hander Cole Hamels to a long-term extension and they have right-hander Roy Halladay under contract through 2013 at $20 million a season with a $20 million option for 2014.

Philadelphia’s rotation also features talented 24-year-old right-hander Vance Worley, who is 6-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 18 starts this season. In the minors, the organization has two highly regarded starting pitching prospects in 22-year-old right-hander Trevor May and 20-year-old left-hander Jesse Biddle.

 


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