PHILADELPHIA -- When word leaked out earlier this week that the Phillies had placed left-hander Cliff Lee on waivers, it created quite a stir. And never mind that it's standard procedure for every team to try to get just-in-case waivers on all their players immediately after the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The subject came up again Friday amid a report from CBSSports.com that the Dodgers had claimed Lee.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to confirm or deny the validity of the story, but added: "It's irrelevant. He's not going anywhere."
Anything is possible this offseason, of course, but the most likely scenario remains that the Phillies want to keep the Big Three at the top of their rotation -- Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Lee -- together moving forward into 2013.
Lee is 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA this season, but manager Charlie Manuel said he stills sees the left-hander as an elite pitcher.
"He's still got it. It's still there," Manuel said. "It's just a matter of him getting it going consistently again. He hasn't lost anything. It's just that things haven't gone good for him this year, and at times, he's kind of made it tough on himself. He's had a rough year, but his talent is still there."