This is a very complicated deal, but it looks like Roy Halladay will head to the Philadelphia Phillies, Cliff Lee will head to Seattle to be their ace, and a bunch of prospects will trade in Oakland, California sunshine for the CN Tower of Toronto, Canada. Right now it is hard to say who the clear winners and losers in this deal are, but tit looks like the Seattle Mariners got the best end of the deal currently, and that the Phillies were able to land a dominant pitcher, and restock their prospect talent pool. Not a bad day at work at all, so in a flurry of deal here is what each team gets:
Phillies- Get Halladay, six million bucks, RHP Phillipe Aumont, OF Tyson Gillies, and RHP Juan Ramirez
Toronto Blue Jays– Get C Travis d’Arnaud, RHP Kyle Drabeck, and 3B Brett Wallace
Oakland A’s- Get OF Michael Taylor
Seattle Mariners- Get LHP Cliff Lee
While we can call the Phillies acquisition of Halladay a upgrade, that moves seems a lot better with Lee still in the rotation. It seems that the Phillies felt compelled to restock their minor league system, while keeping their payroll in line. While Lee did very well in Philly, since being traded there last summer, he wanted a bigger deal than the reported three year 60 million extension Halladay has signed with them.
The Mariners are clearly ahead here, they get a legit ace in Lee, and they also signed 3B Chone Figgins and look to be much improved heading into 2010. That is saying a lot considering they finished 85-77 in 2009. As for the A’s and the Blue Jays, well if some of these prospects work out and contribute than they are ahead of the game. If not at least the Jays finally got the Halladay deal completed.