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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: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:33 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Dude, One problem with your stupid logic. Your not trading a top 20 pitcher for a top 10 pitcher. Lee might be a top 15 pitcher but Halliday is probably  a top 1 or 2 pitcher in all of baseball. Living in the Toronto area I have had been lucky enough to see Doc pitch 3-4 times a year throughout his career and all I can say is look out NL because if Halliday gets a team to play with he might come close to winning 30 games next year

Remember this post come next October



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:24 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Color me shocked, I thought for sure the Yankees would sign both Halladay and Cliff Lee as well as the entire Oakland Athletic farm system and the decapitated head of Ted Williams just out of spite.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:21 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

I like the deal, I just wish the Jays could have gotten more (J.A. Happ...Hint Hint). I'm really excited to see who will be our opening day starter this year.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:20 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

What are you talking about? Hamels has the best rating by a pitcher in the playoffs EVER! His stuff is the only reason the Phillies won the World Series. The guy can handle the pressure, he just needs to stay away from pitching in that useless World Baseball Championships. The guy was obviously burnt and injured last year. Halliday and Hamels is more dangerous because those 2 guy have never been "off" when healthy, where Lee wasn't lighting up the league until a couple of years ago.



Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:17 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Lee is making 9 mil this year and Halladay is making 15.75 mil..
the 2.5X as much is wrong math.  Lee is going to sign a 7 year deal after his contract is up.
The phillies are signing Halladay for 4.  So not as much of a commitment for the best pitcher in baseball over the last 6 years.  I liked Lee, but its amazing that everyone now thinks he is this stud pitcher after one brilliant post season and in the same breathe are saying that hamels is a bust because he couldn't duplicate 2008.  Here is what will happen next year; hamels has an amazing year and Lee is ok with the mariners and everyone will say what a genius amaro is. 



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:15 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Lee must want out of Philly.  Why would you not try to keep him ,or get rid of him.  He was the reason the Phillies made it a series against the yanks




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:12 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

HAHAHA useless fraud. World series mvp. How many world series mvp does johan have? The Mets arent even that bunch of nobodies league and nw we got halladay for possibly 5 more years? looks like the mets are gonna continue being the phils bitch for a while.......



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:11 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

I think they should give up blanton and hamels and keep lee.  That would free up cap room and get hamels out of town.  Halladay and Lee are a hell of a 1 - 2 punch!!



Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:11 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Are you serious? Nobody wants a World Series MVP.  Every stud pitcher has off years and Hamels happened to be after the World Series where he bacame an overnight celebrity and then was hurt starting the season and had his first kid late in the year I think it's a bit understandable how a young kid can have an off year. 



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:08 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

dont give up on hamels yet 1 bad year second real season lets see if he learned from that



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