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Phillies get Lee, Francisco from Tribe

Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2009 3:40 pm
 
Frustrated in their attempts to acquire Roy Halladay, the Phillies have acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians instead, multiple sources involved in the talks told CBSSports.com.

The teams were in heavy discussions this morning, and as of early afternoon, the deal had come together, pending physicals. The Phillies, who have been searching for a right-handed bat, will also get outfielder Ben Francisco from Cleveland.

The Phillies will send pitchers Jason Knapp and Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson to the Indians, an American League executive told CBSSports.com's Scott Miller. Knapp, a 6-foot-5, 18-year-old right-hander currently pitching in Class A, is considered the key player in the deal.

Halladay was always the Phillies' first choice, but an asking price that began with both Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ was deemed too high by some in the Phillies front office. Lee, who won the 2008 American League Cy Young award and is having a good follow-up season, was regarded as a reasonable backup plan.

Lee was 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA for the Indians, but he had pitched much better than his record. The Indians have been held to one run or none in six of his nine defeats.

Lee also has strong career numbers against National League opposition, going 12-2 with a 3.18 ERA in interleague play.

Like Halladay, the 30-year-old Lee can become a free agent after the 2010 season. He is making $5.75 million this year, with a $9 million club option for 2010 that will certainly be exercised.

The Indians had scouted Drabek, but he isn't in the trade. While Knapp is still in Class A, some scouts regard him even more highly than Drabek.

"He's Josh Johnson, potentially," one scout said last week.

Knapp, the Phillies' second-round draft pick in 2008, is just 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 17 starts for Lakewood, but his other numbers are very good. In 85 1/3 innings, he has allowed 63 hits, with 39 walks and 111 strikeouts.

Lee gives the Phillies a heavily left-handed rotation, joining with fellow lefties Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer and J.A. Happ. The Phils also have right-hander Joe Blanton, and have Pedro Martinez getting ready in the minor leagues.



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Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Phillies get Lee, Francisco from Tribe

Baseball is broken.  Small-market teams like Cleveland and Pittsburgh have to cut loose Cy Young Award winners and all-star players because of high salary concerns.  Greedy big-market teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies and Dodgers drive up the price of valuable players because they have the revenues from their larger fan bases.  Look at today's standings: the big market teams are all on top of the heap.  These teams are like the large Wall Street firms that drive up the compensation without concern to the overall public benefit.  Unless baseball gets a new commissioner with backbone and a salary cap, it will continue to evolve into the "have's vs. have not's" and nationally baseball will lose its popularity.  


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