Halladay In Philly – Deal Could Be Close

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MLB.com is reporting that Roy Halladay is in Philadelphia to take a physical and possibly to try to work out a contract extension.  The Phillies would like to have an extension worked out with Halladay before completing a trade for the Blue Jays right hander.  Halladay wants to pitch in Philadelphia and will waive his no-trade clause if the Phillies and Blue Jays can work a deal out.

Although it is unclear what package the Phillies are going to offer, one possibility being rumored is that the Phillies would first trade Cliff Lee for prospects and then flip those prospects to the Jays for Halladay.  Lee is a free agent after the 2010 season and he has said he wants to test the free agent market rather than sign an extension during the season.   Since Halladay has said he wants a trade done before Spring Training, the Blue Jays have likely moved off the package they wanted at the trade deadline when they required both J.A Happ and Kyle Drabek.   Another possibility is that a third team has entered into the mix, possibly the Seattle Mariners who would acquire Lee from the Phillies while Halladay would go from the Jays to the Phillies and the Jays would get a mix of prospects from both the M’s and Phillies.

In other news, former Phillie Randy Wolf met the Milwaukee media today after signing a 3-year, $29.75 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Wolf’s contract is the 3rd largest in the club’s history for a pitcher.  Wolf was 11-7 with a 3.23 era last year for the Dodgers in a career high 34 starts.

Free Agent John Lackey appears to be close to signing a 5 year, $85 million dollar deal to join the Boston Red Sox.  Lackey was taking a physical today so a deal could be close.

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4 Responses to “Halladay In Philly – Deal Could Be Close”

  1. Eric Schwartz on December 14th, 2009 4:54 pm

    You almost never see moves like this in baseball. The Phillies traded an ace and got an ace in return. As long as they didn’t also have to give up top prospects, this is a good move. It will be hard to top what Lee did the second half of last year but if anyone can it is Halladay.

  2. joseph on December 14th, 2009 5:20 pm

    Your third possibility involving the Mariners is most likely, since my sources tell me that Lee is scheduled to go there for a physical much like Halladay is scheduled to come to Philadelphia. If the Phillies could somehow manage to keep Lee and acquire Halladay, how scary would THAT staff be ? Either way, looks like the Phillies will come out winners int he deal

  3. BigGreek24 on December 15th, 2009 8:34 am

    I’d would’ve loved to have seen both of them in Philly but Amaro won’t give up Drabek, Happ and the other kids that Toronto wants. This deal probably wouldn’t be happening at all except that Lee is going to be just about un-signable before the end of 2010 and once he hits the open market he will be out of the Phillies price range. If Lackey can get 5 years at $85 imagine what Lee will get one year removed from a Cy Young award.

  4. jeff agresta on December 15th, 2009 4:06 pm

    There is alot of buzz about the Phils signing Halladay, but this seems like a push at best. For the last 2 seasons Lee has been as good as anyone. Losing an ace to sign an ace doesn’t make them better does it? I hear Halladay wants 20 million per year. How much more could Lee have cost? Plus Lee is locked up at a bargain price for the upcoming season.

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