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Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2009 10:54 am
 
A three-team blockbuster that would send Roy Halladay to the Phillies and Cliff Lee to the Mariners is nearly complete, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

A few final details are still to be finalized, but Halladay is expected to sign a contract extension that will pay him about $60 million for three years, with vesting options beyond that. The Phillies will send three prospects to the Blue Jays in exchange for Halladay, including pitcher Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor. They will receive three prospects from the Mariners in exchange for Lee, including pitcher Phillippe Aumont.

The Phillies have aggressively pursued Halladay since July, when they couldn't come to an agreement with the Blue Jays and instead acquired Lee from the Indians. The Blue Jays have changed general managers since then, and the new regime went to last week's winter meetings eager to deal Halladay and get younger players in return.

The Jays' desire for young talent made a trade with Philadelphia complicated, and the Phillies' payroll constraints made it even more difficult. It's believed that the Phillies couldn't fit both Halladay and Lee into their 2010 payroll, so to acquire Halladay they also needed to make the deal to trade Lee.

Halladay and Lee are both Cy Young winners, and between them they have three 20-win seasons (two by Halladay).

The Mariners had hoped to add a top-level starter to a rotation that already includes Cy Young runner-up Felix Hernandez. They had been talking to free agent John Lackey, but with Lackey headed to the Red Sox, they were able to shift their focus and agree to the deal for Lee.





Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:38 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:36 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

I was just thinking the same thing.  why in the heck would you trade two pitchers of equal caliber, and take the older of the two, to extend a contract through what could be past his prime?  I think they should just bolster up, trade away a victorino, pick up lee AND halladay, and attempt to make a run for it all again this year.  i don't see much reason to trade away lee for lee (as it were)



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:36 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Actually I agree the the post a couple back why not make the deal give up Happ and either Brown or Taylor. Have Halladay and Lee next year. Then Let Lee go after the season...I'm not sold on Happ he could be a Charles Hudson  or Marty Bystrom....Last year it was Carrasco we wouldnt move on and he isnt even wanted anymore.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:36 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

1.  Lee wasn't going to sign extension with the Phils.

2.  Halladay gives Phils better righty/lefty balance in their rotation.

3.  Does everyone forget about Hamels in the '08 playoff run?  His down year in '09 is nothing compared to Lee getting sent to the MINORS 3 years ago.  Lee is a better pitcher today, but damn, give Cole a chance to bounce back, especially considering what he did for us in '08.

4.  A healthy bullpen (crossing my fingers and toes) should hold late game leads.

Add 'em all up and the Phils will be back in the Fall Classic against the Yanks/Sox survivor.



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:34 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

The jays are getting 22year old Morrow 23 year old sanders And 20 year old Canadian born rh from Seattle. from Philly they get Brown 21 year old outfielder, play like sizemore  from Clev. also 23 year old power propect outfielder from Philly.


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Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:31 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:31 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Its being reported on sports talk radio in Philly that Lee might not be apart of this deal and in fact they might be sending two minor leaguers and Happ to Seattle for prospects.  I am holding out hope to see a Halladay, Lee, Hamels rotation to start the year, especially if Hamels can find his form from 08, the Phillies would be unstoppable with the best rotation and infield lineup in MLB.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:29 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Skyhawk09, you say the Jays are an embarassment, before you even know what they are getting in return?  It's hard for me to put into words just how incredibly stupid that is.  I'll try later.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:28 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

As great a trade the Phlis made to get Lee, to move him for Halladay is a bad move.  Since Lee was traded he has been nothing short of lights out as an ace of the staff.  In fact, he has been better than Halladay over the same period.  Sure, you can attribute Halladay's performance as being disappointed at not being traded, but numbers are numbers.  The move won't hurt the Phils staff, but it is certainly not an upgrade.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 5:28 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

What makes since for the Phils is that  Cliff Lee would be gone after this year..They have tried to discuss a long term deal with him but he wants to test the Market after the season...As we type messages the Phils are in negotioations with  Roy Halladays' agent for a Long Term Deal.... So the Options are for the Phils to 1) Go thru current season as is with Lee and lose him after the season or 2) Trade him now and sign Halladay in the process and we have Halladay for 3 or 4 years wichever they agree upon. Seems a no brainer to me..actually kudos the Amaro for looking ahead beyond something the average fan wouldnt understand.


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