Posted on: December 15, 2009 12:26 am

Blockbuster Deal FinaLee Done

If this deal ends up like many sources have it then there would be a somewhat lateral movement for the Phillies this year, but an actual improvement for the future.

As of now:

Mariners get:
Cliff Lee

Blue Jays get:
Kyle Drabek
Michael Taylor
Travis D'Arnaud

Phillies get:
Roy Halladay
Phillippe Aumont
Tyson Gillies

The Phillies would cumulatively lose only their top catching prospects as they would receive a top pitching prospect and a top outfield prospect. Michael Taylor is a little better than Tyson Gillies and Kyle Drabek is better than Phillippe Aumont, but, they are all prospects, which have proven nothing yet.

If this trade is made official the Phillies rotation will consist of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ plus a fifth starter. This is great for the organization because the top 4 will be in Philadelphia for a few more years with the only change at the fifth starter position.

Losing only a catching prospect (who is blocked for the next 4 or 5 years anyway) is a good deal for the Phillies. I will miss Cliff Lee as much as anyone, but this needed to be done, and once again, Ruben Amaro Jr. did a great job in securing the present and the future for the Philadelphis Phillies.
Posted on: November 10, 2009 11:53 am

Halladay Rumors Swirl

There has been rumors heard around here on 610 WIP radio that the Phillies are shopping for Roy Halladay again. I said it at the deadline, and I'll say it again. We do not need Roy Halladay at the current price.

Roy Halladay is a top tier ace, but we would be paying too high a price for one year. Undoubtedly, the Phillies would have the best rotation in baseball if we got him, but rumors lately have been saying the Blue Jays would want Cole Hamels in one package. Cole Hamels had a bad year, we can all say that without remorse, but he is only 25 years old, has shown what he can do, and is almost guaranteed to be a future ace.

Another package would be the familiar Kyle Drabek and one of Michael Taylor or Dominic Brown or J.A. Happ. Roy Halladay is not worth this price for only one year.

If we traded J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor then the Phillies rotation would consist of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and most likely Jamie Moyer. This is a great rotation, and it would definately put the Phillies in October if they stayed healthy.

The problem is, after next year (assuming the Phillies sign Lee to an extension) the rotation would consist of Lee, Hamels, Blanton, and then we have no one because Happ and Drabek would be gone. There is also a chance we couldn't sign Lee to a long-term deal because we took on Halladay's salary in the previous year.

Do not trade away the future and just go out and sign Rich Harden. This would give the Phillies a rotation of Cliff Lee, Rich Harden, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ. Not to mention we would still have Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, and the other prospects for when Ibanez retires and when we lose either Jayson Werth or Shane Victorino.

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