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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 3, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 9:51 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

well that's just not a very smart statement, hamels is much younger and will thrive pitching behind halladay, also lee got greedy and hallady took a discount so there. p.s. we are not the yankees (who we mocked all series long for buying a championship, but now you want to become them) great deal, 2 world championships in 3 years is a ok w/ me




Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 9:19 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

I WOULD TRADE HAMELS! HE PROVED HIS CAN NOT HANDLE THE PRESSURE...

You're kidding right? I'm not a Philles fan or a Cole Hamels fan but Hamels can handle the pressure! You don't get named NLCS MVP and World Series MVP and not be able to handle the pressure! The kid is just 25 and a lefty, you don't just throw him into a deal. Lefty pitcher normally take longer to develop then righties too.




Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 9:18 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Roy Halladay better pitch better than Cliff Lee because if they're trading Lee, they better know for sure that he can pitch better than he did for them. Good luck with that. Cliff Lee will still be my favorite pitcher even though he'll end up in Seattle.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 9:06 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

This trade is all about the Phillies desir to keep Roy Halladay away from the Mets. Plain and Simple. If the Mets somehow put together a package to trade for Halladay the NL east would be up for grabs, without him the Phillies should easily be able to win the NL east again this year. This wasn't about the Phillies desire to get Halladay, it was their desire to keep him away from the Mets, one of the few teams that could afford to pay him what he wants.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 9:02 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

First and foremost, it doesn't matter that much what the "fans" think, nor whether Lee is better then Halladay.  Its business folks.  Financially, locking up Halladay is close to a sure thing; while we would be renting Lee for another year.  I enjoyed watching Cliff Lee pitch.  He's a no nonsense player.  Halladay is the same.  
Since we have Hamels for the foreseeable future, as "fans" lets get behind him.  
Who cares about the Mariners getting close;  they will not get by the Yanks. And thats all we, as Phillies fans have to concern ourselves with.



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:50 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

I AGREE WITH THE CONSENSUS WHY GIVE UP LEE HE WAS OUR ACE LAST YR.  AND ALRHOUGH HAMELS DOESNT SEEM TO CARE  IF U GIVE UP HAMELS  AND  HAPP  FOR  HALLADAY  NOW  THAT  WOULD  WRK  GIVIN  US  2  BONIFIED  STRTERS  OR EVEN A  STRONG  CLOSER  IF  NECESSARY .

BAG THE IDEA OF LEE TO SEATTLE  DIG INTO THE POCKETS AND PAY THEM BOTH  TICKT  PRICES WERE ALREADY  RAISED  RO COMPENSATE .



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:47 pm
 

Cliff Lee for Next to Nothing. Unbelievable!

I know the focus of this trade has been on Roy Halladay who is a great pitcher. However, if this trade does come about the true winners are the Seattle Mariners. They are giving up Phillippe Aumont (a decent Canadian pitcher) who they don't think will be a starter and tried to convert to a relief pitcher last year and a couple of other prospects for the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winning Cliff Lee...who is a lefty and who will play half of his games in a lefty friendly Safeco Field next year. This is a fantastic deal since they still have money in the house to sign Felix "the cat" Hernandez for the long term. Even if the Mariners get Lee for one year (2010) they can declare arbitration on him and if he bolts somewhere else they will get a first round selection in 2011 since Lee is a Class A type free agent. Really brilliant strategy by Mr. Z the Mariners GM. In addition, I really like the Mariners getting Chone Figgins for below cost (4 years at $31 million). This is for a 2009 All Star with a life time .291 avg. and 45 swipes per year. Figgins is also an on base magnet. Imagine the opposing pitcher if he allows Ichiro and Figgins to get aboard base at the same time...the possibilities are endless...double steal, single steal, hit and run...it will be total confusion for the oppositon. I like what Mr. Z has put together for the Mariners. A few more pieces and they will be a very serious contender to take away the AL West title from the Angels if they haven't done it already.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:42 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

dumb dumb phillies fans wanting to trade hamels.  thats why youre all cretins
What you forget he was YOUR WORLD SERIES MVP?
SO DUMB



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:42 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee do not belong in the same sentence.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:40 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Anybody that doesn't think that Halladay is an upgrade from Cliff Lee needs to have his head examined or hasn't had the pleasure of watching him work every 5 games!  He is the best pitcher in the game bar none!  Philly stole him!  Toronto is going down the toilet in a hurry, they didn't even get a roster player in return. 


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