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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: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:06 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

for 1 seatle saw hamels to. lee is the player they want if hamels get his head on right still have a great staff



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:04 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

your an idiot and obviously do not know the game of baseball, hamels is 26 years old, he has plenty of time to grow, he does care and he is an exceptional pitcher




Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

Losing Lee is tough, but to get Halladay for 4 more years is worth much more than taking your chances in free agency and not being able to sign either, next year.

Plus, Cole Hamels is coming back strong next year.  He admitted letting the WS MVP go to his head and has recommitted to his game and a third pitch.  Hamels has shown that he has the best Change-up in baseball when he is right mentally, and I will take my chances with a Cole circa 2008, Halladay, and J.A. Happ in a 7 game series with anyone. 

They also have more money now to shore up the bullpen and possibly even sign John Smoltz, who can start or close.

Great work Ruben Amaro, you are thinking of the future and the present.



Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

This would be a disaster and a clear indication Gillick is no longer in the loop on these decisions....so lets see...we are trading Cliff Lee who absolutely dominated the Yankees in a WORLD SERIES for a guy who is a very good pitcher but has not been all that great against the best teams in MLB during the regular season....I will keep Lee and get back to the WORLD SERIES..! What a clueless GM



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

NO JOKE. Halladay and Lee on the same team ould be a force to be reckoned with. Hamels gets the boot, but it's not MY call! :-)Cool



Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2009 7:57 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

agree with you 100%, also heard that they may keep lee and trade blanton and happ



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 7:43 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

I AGREE 100% WITH YOU BUDDY!!!



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2009 7:42 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close


As a Jays fan, this deal sucks.  Enjoy Halladay Philly, you'll forget all about Lee after he throws complete game after complete game after complete game. Agreed and yes the Jays certainly lose a great pitcher.  MLSEL, you make great points that I didn't - kudos to you sir!



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 7:36 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

As a Jays fan, this deal sucks.  Enjoy Halladay Philly, you'll forget all about Lee after he throws complete game after complete game after complete game.  



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2009 7:34 pm
 

Halladay to Phils, Lee to M's close

oh...and to the people saying he is now playing in a hitters park. Well ground balls are the same in all parks. The infield doesn't expand and Halladay is probably the best GB pitcher in baseball from what I can see.


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