Found August 05, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
Some quick updates on this Sunday: First, the deadline for the Phillies and Dodgers to agree on a Cliff Lee trade was 1:00 p.m. today and judging by the fact that Cliff Lee is on the mound pitching right now, he is going nowhere.  Well, at least until the deadline passes. Second, the Phillies officially gave infielder Mike Fontenot his release today.   The Phillies designated Fontenot for assignment on August 1st.  The problem with Fontenot?  It was not his .289 batting average.  Strikes against him were that he was left handed (and the Phillies now have left-handed hitters galore)  and that he was not a natural shortstop.  Kevin Frandsen can play shorstop, but when Placido Polanco returns from the disabled list Frandsen could end up back at AAA. Third, we got a lot of negative comments on our Facebook page over my Juan Pierre piece, suggesting that the Phillies let him go since he is not in their plans.  Some of the Baseball Talk Philadelphia comments included: "This las...

Cliff Lee 'Not Going Anywhere,' According to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

Cliff Lee's name was tossed around before the trade deadline, and it's sticking around in the news after the trade deadline. Amidst reports this week that the Phillies placed Lee on waivers and that the Dodgers subsequently claimed him, there's been speculation as to whether Philadelphia would elect to move the left-hander. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. wouldn...

REPORT: Cliff Lee Pulled off Waivers By Phillies

Per Howard Eskin on Twitter, Cliff Lee has been removed from waivers by the Phillies according to CBS Sports. What does that mean? A team claimed Lee and the Phillies could not work out a trade. More to follow... Stay with us on Twitter for immediate updates.

Reports Indicate the Los Angeles Dodgers Claimed Cliff Lee on Waivers; Phillies Claimed Some Players

The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be the team who placed a waiver claim on Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee.  The Dodgers, of course, also put a claim on Joe Blanton and the two sides worked out a deal.  But please relax, the waiver claim means nothing. After July 31, a player must clear waivers to be traded.    Teams have the chance just once to place a player on waivers.   Players...

Dodgers claim Phillies' Lee on waivers, deal not likely

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...

Report: Dodgers claim Cliff Lee from Waivers insider Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have claimed Cliff Lee on waivers from the Phillies, and the two teams now have three days to complete a trade. According to Heyman, a trade is unlikely to come to fruition. Heyman writes: “The Phillies and Dodgers will talk, but the Phillies people have suggested to others they don’t see a trade for Lee as very likely...

Phillies release Mike Fontenot

The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have released veteran infielder Mike Fontenot. He was designated for assignment earlier this week. Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 with 1 HR, 5 RBI's and a 85 OPS+ in 105 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012. Image by SD Dirk under the Creative Commons License Agreement.

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 108

Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best pitchers in the majors. What west coast hurlers are in that group? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage. TAL’S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after the title will...

Dodgers win claim on Phils' Lee

The Los Angeles Dodgers were awarded the trade waiver claim on Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee, a major league source told

I opened my iPad this morning to check the Cliff Lee waivers...

I opened my iPad this morning to check the Cliff Lee waivers status and was mortified.

Cahill, D-backs look to rebound vs. Phillies

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...

No Lee, but Blanton gives LA a steady starter

LOS ANGELES -- Just when it looked like the Dodgers' Ned Colletti and the Phillies' Ruben Amaro were on the fast track to becoming BBF's (Baseball Best Friends), Amaro must have had second thoughts. Tuesday night the Dodgers received Shane Victorino from the Phils for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin and early Friday afternoon Colletti and Amaro agreed on their...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Jettison mode

Joe Blanton became the third member of the Philadelphia Phillies to switch coasts.  But is there a place for Juan Pierre in Philly?   TAL’S HANDY CAPS       WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:   I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed here...
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