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Monday, December 14, 2009

Report: Blockbuster trade has Phillies landing Halladay

Report: Blockbuster trade has Phillies landing Halladay

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed on a blockbuster three-team trade that has a pair of former Cy Young Award winners on the move.

According to SI.com on Monday, the Phillies will acquire Roy Halladay from Toronto and will send last year's mid-season acquisition Cliff Lee to Seattle.

The report indicates the trade will not be completed on Monday but says Halladay is in contract-extension talks with Philadelphia, as both he and Lee are eligible for free agency after the 2010 campaign.

Toronto is expected to add prospects in the deal, while the Phillies are reportedly gaining minor-league talent from the Mariners.

Halladay, 32, has spent his entire 12-year career in Toronto and has yet to pitch in the postseason. The veteran made it known prior to last season's trade deadline that he desired to join a contender, though the Blue Jays general manager at the time, J.P. Ricciardi, failed to pull the trigger on shipping the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner.

The right-hander, who Toronto selected with the 17th overall pick in the 1995 draft, had another sublime season in 2009, pitching to a 2.79 earned-run average while compiling a 17-10 record for the Jays.

The six-time All-Star has logged a 148-76 record throughout his career, coupled with a 3.43 ERA and 1,495 strikeouts in 313 games, 287 of those starts. He has finished in the top five of the AL Cy Young voting in each of the past four seasons.

The Phillies were one of those teams pining for Halladay's services at the trade deadline last year but shifted gears and landed Lee, along with outfielder Ben Francisco, for four prospects from the Cleveland Indians.

Lee didn't disappoint in his short time in Philadelphia, going 7-4 in 12 starts down the stretch with a 3.39 ERA, and carrying the National League champions in the postseason with a 4-0 record and 1.56 ERA in five starts.

The 31-year-old lefty had an incredible 2008 season in Cleveland, where he went 22-3 with a league-best 2.54 ERA in 31 starts to win the AL Cy Young Award that year.

The product of the University of Arkansas has enjoyed an up-and-down career that began in 2002, having a 90-52 record with a 3.97 ERA in 194 games -- 190 starts -- with the Indians and Phillies.


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