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BREAKING NEWS: Roy Halladay Will Be Traded to Philly, Cliff Lee to Mariners

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Roy Halladay will be heading to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a three team swap.

According to ESPN.com, Toronto Blue Jays ace starting pitcher Roy Halladay will be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies as a part of a three team trade which is listed as “close to completion” on Monday.

Also being moved in the trade is Phillies star pitcher Cliff Lee, who will be shipped to the black hole known as the Seattle Mariners where he will never been seen on ESPN’s SportsCenter ever again.

Here is the full story from ESPN.com:

As part of the deal, Halladay would agree to a three-year extension through 2013, with a vesting option that could lengthen the deal by another year or two, one source said. The extension is expected to guarantee Halladay in the neighborhood of $60 million, plus the $15.75 million he would make in 2010, the final year of his current contract. According to a source who spoke with two teams involved in the trade, Toronto would get highly regarded Mariners pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont, Phillies catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and another Phillies prospect in exchange for Halladay. Indications are that the Phillies have balked at Toronto’s repeated requests for outfielder Domonic Brown, and the Phillies are offering highly touted outfielder Michael Taylor instead. Seattle would also send two prospects to Philadelphia in exchange for Lee, who is a year away from free agency. As of late Monday afternoon, the extension had not been agreed upon. And the Blue Jays and Phillies were still haggling over the final prospect. In addition, Phillies doctors would have to sign off on Halladay’s physical.

This marks the end of the year long drama of the Blue Jays trying to dump Halladay and his salary.  Why the Phillies would trade for Roy Halladay when they have a perfectly good #1 starter in Cliff Lee (who was perfect in the playoffs…) is beyond me.  It’s kind of like running in circles, but less fun.

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