It’s Official, Cliff Lee is apart of the Seattle Mariners

It’s official; Cliff Lee is a member of the Seattle Mariners. The former American League Cy Young Award winner was dealt to Seattle today in exchange for three minor leaugers. The deal came just a day after rumors circulated the Phillies were going to move Lee as way to make room for now former Toronto Blue Jays ace pitcher Roy Halladay.

In a deal that has been anticipated for quite some time, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for prospects. Halladay then signed a contract extension worth $60 million after the trade was finalized making him a Phillies pitcher until 2013.

The Phillies needed to make some room for Halladay by trading away Lee but these trades will come back to haunt the Phillies. The Phillies were determined since July to get Halladay but giving up Lee to get him will be a regretful decision later on. Lee, who is in the last year of his contract, will be going to a league he dominated as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and should put up good numbers against a division that will be competitive. If Seattle cannot sign Lee to an extension, Lee will probably end up with the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers by 2011.

Halladay is an ace pitcher but with arm problems before in the past, $60 million is a lot of money to invest in him. If Halladay gets hurt, he will be what Carl Pavano was to the Yankees and be dead weight on the roster and the payroll. There is no doubt that Halladay will help the Phillies pitching staff but there is not telling how much longer his arm can really hold out.

I am trying to get a guest post from a friend of mine who lives in Philadelphia on this story. In the meantime, keep it real.



~ by jeffrsabo on December 16, 2009.

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