While his long-term future in Philadelphia might seem uncertain, Cliff Lee is likely to remain in a Phillies uniform for the remainder of this season.
Looking to build on one of his best starts of 2012, Lee tries to help the Phillies to a second consecutive victory and home series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
In the midst of his own frustrating season, rumors swirled that Lee (2-6, 3.73 ERA) could be dealt prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. When that did not happen, Philadelphia reportedly placed the left-hander on waivers, a common move for teams following the deadline. It was later reported the Los Angeles Dodgers made a claim for Lee.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment on the latter but told the team's official website: "It's irrelevant. He's not going anywhere."
There's always a chance Lee could be moved during the offseason if the Phillies (48-59) decide not to keep Lee, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels together.