Over the last 21 hours or so, many Philly faithful have glued themselves to either their computer or radio in hopes of getting to the bottom of this whole Halladay/Lee mess. Well I got it for you, this is the absolute latest deal as reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney who actually reported this as a possibility a week and a half ago, so thumbs up to Buster. Well here goes…and oh yeah there is a 4th team involved…yeah I know…
Philadelphia sends top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, outfield prospect Michael Taylor and catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay and 6 million dollars. (The 6 million is the difference between Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay’s salary for 2010)
Roy Halladay signs a 3 year contract extension with the Phillies through 2013 with an option for another year.
In a separate deal, Toronto will send Michael Taylor to the Oakland Athletics for corner infield prospect Brett Wallace.
In ANOTHER separate deal the Phillies will trade Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for their top pitching prospect Phillipe Aumont, centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies and another prospect arm JC Ramirez.
So when it comes down to it the Phillies could not afford to keep both Lee and Halladay in their rotation because of their self-imposed budget. Ruben Amaro felt that he would rather replenish the farm system that he just depleted by turning the 5 month investment in Cliff Lee into 3 prospects. It’s depressing just because of what the rotation could have been…and just how much of a beast Cliff Lee was in the playoffs.
Even with that the biggest thing that can be overlooked here is that the Phillies just acquired THE best pitcher in baseball over the last decade. A sure-fire first ballot hall of famer and a Cy Young award winner. The league leader in shutouts and complete games. A guy noted as being the hardest working and most prepared hurler in the sport. Doc Halladay is a Phillie…it’s just a shame Cliff Lee wont get to be apart of it next year.
The best video on youtube of what Roy Halladay can do to opposing offenses…
Rumors are absolutely everywhere but here is the absolute latest per ESPN’s Jayson Stark who is the most reliable voice on the Phillies…
NOT 100% done yet. Phillies trade Lee to Seattle for 3 prospects. Phillies move Michael Taylor, Travis D’Arnoud to Toronto. Phillies keep a Seattle prospect and get Halladay. The holdup is getting Halladay to sign an official extension.
Moving Lee hurts, but keeping our two top prospects Kyle Drabek and Dom Brown would be outstanding. It’s a shame we wont have that 1 year of the dream rotation but Lee simply would not sign an extension and Halladay is willing to commit long-term to come to a winning organization. It’ll be really interesting to see what kind of prospects we keep from Seattle.
A rare moment when not striking out...
Well in about an hour or so, Game 6 of the Fall Classic will be under way in the Bronx. For the Fightin’ Phils’, they have the self-proclaimed “most influential player to ever step foot in Yankee stadium” taking the mound with full rest against Baseball’s all time post-season win leader and self admitted steroid user, Andy Pettite on 3 days rest.
There are so many things that I could say that have been mentioned repeatedly over the last couple of days but this game really comes down to one simple thing…
Can the Phillies bats, specifically Ryan Howard carry them into a 7th game?
I have never seen anyone go from supernova hot to Bruntlett-esque, in such a short period of time. Howard’s been off-balance the entire series. He’s been taking fastballs for strikes and lunging at outside breaking balls. The most frustrating part about his struggles is even an armchair manager such as myself can clearly identify his problem so you know Ryan is well aware of the issue, it’s just all about execution. Stay back on the ball, trust your hands to catch up to a fastball and react to the breaking ball. DO NOT TRY AND PULL EVERYTHING!
If you see Ryan rip one opposite way for a hit you will be able to hear his sigh of relief all the way down in the Delaware Valley. All it takes is one and “The Big Piece” could be back. It’s time for the big man to pray to Jobu and carry his team, like he has so many times before.
Our New Hitting Coach.
Between fighting in digital wars, raising a new child and making sure his hair looks perfect at all times, it’s no wonder Hamels focus seems to drift occasionally.
Ryan thought it was funny...
"Relax guys, I got this..."
Personally, I blame the recent spread of those “Ill” Phillies shirts and NeeKo’s Jay-Z remix “Ill state of mind” this is all way to ironic for me to handle. NeeKo is far less rapper far more fortune-teller.
I wish I was kidding, but it may not be the Bronx Bombers that are the Phillies biggest enemy right now. A nasty flu bug is sweeping through the clubhouse. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs was sent home prior to game 2, to stay away from the club in hopes to stop the spread but recent reports tell us that it may have been too late.
Among those reported to be in an ill state of mind are, Pedro Martinez who said he was feeling under the weather during his game 2 start, reliever Chad Durbin, outfielder Jayson Werth and scariest of all tonights game 3 starter Cole Hamels, who was reported sick by NBC10 this morning.
This is only the names that the media has mentioned, skipper Charlie Manuel has refused to go into any more detail about the team’s health status.
“There are some guys that have had some flu symptoms or had the flu, but I don’t know how we’re going to deal with that. We got to play…There’s no sense in me sitting here running down who’s sick and who’s not and all this stuff. … We don’t want everybody to know what’s going on.”
Gif file from LSUFreak at the sporting blog
This pretty much exemplifies exactly how I feel about Clifton Phifer Lee this morning. Changing speeds, pinpoint control and literally not an ounce of worry. That last night, may have been the greatest pitching performance in Phillies history.
By the way in case you were wondering what a “spiked curveball” was that Tim McCarver alluded to last night…it’s an overhand knucklecurve and Cliff Lee apparently has a blackbelt in throwing it for strikes.
Checking AJ Burnett’s wikipedia page tonight…link
New York Yankees (2009-present)
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On October 9, 2009, Burnett made his postseason debut in a win against the Minnesota Twins in Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series, in which he earned a no decision. On October 17, he pitched a no decision in Game 2 of an American League Championship Series win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Burnett is about to get pasted by the Phillies in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series.
Pure and Epic win…