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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: May 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:23 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

No way Phillies trade Lee. They can't be that stupid. With Hamels a bust and Lidge can't protect anything he was the only post season pitcher to do anything.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:22 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Lee will not sign long term.  He wants to test the FA market after the season.  That's why they are letting him go.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:22 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

i dont understand this trade, Lee has pitched so well for the phillies, why wouldn't you want to pair Halladay and Lee, hamels will not get any better.



Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:22 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Why the HECK would you think M's fans would want Hamels if Philly fans don't even want him?? thats why were getting LEE



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:22 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

Sure, that's great for the Phillies and Phillie fans but what makes you think a team would take Hamel in place of Lee.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:21 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

what would you get for hamels? a bag of balls? get a clue!!



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:20 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

nobody wants Hamels though, therein lies the problem...



Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 4:18 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's discussed

 I WOULD TRADE HAMELS! HE PROVED HIS CAN NOT HANDLE THE PRESSURE.. I KNOW IT WAS ONE BAD YEAR. BUT YOU CAN TELL , HE DOESNT CARE... TRADE HIM AND GO WITH LEE AND HALLADAY! DIG IN THOSE POCKETS PHILS IF YOU WANT TO COMPETE WITH THE YANKS AGAIN!!


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