I did this once and I decided to do it again. This is an update to the recap I did earlier this month. A whooooole lot has changed since then.
November 6, 2009- The Phillies picked up Cliff Lee’s 9 million dollar option for 2010. The Phillies traded for Lee and Ben Francisco back in July for Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Knapp, and Jason Donald. Lee went on to have one of the most dominant postseason pitching performences in history, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, in 40 1/3 innings pitched with a strikeout to walk ratio of 11 to 1 (33 Strikeouts, 3 Walks). Needless to say, 9 Million dollars is a steal for the Cy Young winner of 2008.
November 24, 2009- The Phillies signed a 1 Year deal with utility man Juan Castro, worth less than 1 million with a 2011 option. Castro is a career .230 hitter, with 36 career home runs. He will be replacing Eric Bruntlett on the bench. The deal pends a physical, which will be taken Early December after Catro returns from vacation.
November 25, 2009- The Phils signed a Quartet of players to minor league deals. DeWayne Wise (the guy who made the catch that saved Buehrle’s Perfect Game), Wilson Valdez (Shortstop for the Mets), Andy Tracy (Minor League 1B), and Paul Hoover (Minor League C).
December 1, 2009- The Phillies signed Catcher Brian Schneider, a long-time Phillies fan, to a 2 year 2.75 Million dollar deal. Schneider has been killing the Phils for the past decade, playing for the Expos/Nationals and Mets since his debut in 2000, and always seemed to play his best against the Phightin’. No more of that. Schneider is a lifetime .251 hitter with 59 home runs.
December 3, 2009- Utility man Juan Castro passed his physical, making his 1 year deal official.
December 3, 2009- The Phillies signed Infielder Placido Polanco to a 3 year, 18 million dollar deal. Polanco was formally Philly’s second baseman before a certain prospect named Chase Utley came around. He was traded to the Tigers in 2005, and became a free agent this season. The Phillies swooped on him when it was announced he was not offered arbitration. The deal has an option for 2013. Polanco is only the third Phillie that is secured through the 2012 season. The other two are Chase Utley and Ben Francisco.
December 8, 2009– The Phillies completed their bench with the signing of outfielder Ross Gload. Gload hit .261 with 6 HR and 30 RBI in 230 at bats with the Florida Marlins. As a pinch hitter in 2009, Gload hit .318. He has played with the Cubs, Rockies, White Sox, Royals, and Marlins in his 8 year career.
December 15, 2009- Ross Gload passed his physical, making his 2 year, 2.6 million dollar deal official.
December 16, 2009- In the biggest trade in Phillies history, the Phillies shipped Cliff Lee to Seattle for Roy Halladay and 3 prospects. The Phillies gave up Lee (to Seattle), top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek (To Toronto), outfield prospect Michael Taylor (To Oakland), and top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud (To Toronto). The Blue Jays also recieved Brett Wallace (From Oakland) in the deal. The Phillies recieved Halladay (From Toronto), pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont (From Seattle), pitching prospect J.C. Ramirez (From Seattle), and outfield prospect Tyson Gillies (From Seattle). It is, by far, the biggest trade in Philly history. I’m not too sure about Seattle and Toronto, but it must be pretty high up there at the least.
The 4 Team Blockbuster first reported on Monday is complete. Roy Halladay will be coming to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee will be leaving for Seattle.
Here is the deal:
Phillies Get: Roy Halladay (TOR), Phillippe Aumont (SEA), Tyson Gillies (SEA), Juan Ramirez (SEA), $6 Million (TOR)
Halladay also gets a 3 year, $60 Million Extension, with an option for a 4th Year at $20 Million.
Mariners Get: Cliff Lee (PHI)
Blue Jays Get: Kyle Drabek (PHI), Brett Wallace (OAK), Travis D’Arnaud (PHI)
Athletics Get: Michael Taylor (PHI)
The Cliff Lee era is already over, but the Halladay Era is just beginning.
THE DEAL IS DONE!
Roy Halladay is heading to Philly, along with Cash. Cliff Lee is heading to Seattle. Phillies are working on an extension with Halladay.
It is unclear what the Blue Jays will recieve in the deal.
I will miss you Cliff.
The Trade of the Decade is on the verge of going down in Philly. A three-team blockbuster is in discussion; All that is certain is that Halladay’s coming to Philly along with cash.
The trade that is being talked about now is this. The Phillies will get Halladay and cash to help pay for his contract. The Blue Jays will get….This, we don’t know. We don’t know what the Blue Jays will be getting. A third team, RUMORED to be the Mariners, will get Lee. Of course, these are all rumors and such. For now. But the Halladay talks are reaching a peak.
Halladay and his agent arrived in Philly, and checked into a hotel earlier today. The Phillies and Halladay’s Agent are talking about an extension right out of the gate; Lee isn’t willing to take a discount for Halladay to come to Philly his agent says. Halladay is rumored to be taking a Physical later this week.
All that’s certain is that Halladay is in Philly. Blanton, and now Lee, have been rumored to be part of a deal. So has J.A. Happ.
But Halladay IS in Philly.
But, if a deal goes down, and Lee is not dealt….The Phillies are automatically the favorites for their 3rd World Title.
The Phils were lookin’ for an ace. Particularly one that started with Roy, and ended in Halladay.
Instead, we got one that started with Cliff, and ended with Lee.
Yes. Cliff Lee. The defending Cy Young Award Winner.
This is a great addition to the rotation, obviously. It now stands at Hamels-Lee-Blanton-Moyer-Happ, but might eventually evolve into Happ-Hamels-Martinez-Blanton-Moyer/Happ.
That’s a pretty good rotation if you ask me. Let’s just take a look at Lee’s stats for a second here:
Year W-L W-L% ERA IP K ERA+ WHIP
2008 22-5 .880 2.54 223.1 170 175 1.110
2009 7-9 .438 3.14 152.0 107 143 1.303
A definite fall from grace, but Lee was on the Indians. Last in the AL Central. They have one of the worst offences in the league. His ERA is 0.6 Higher, but besides W-L he ain’t much different than last year. The only notable difference is that his ERA+ dropped 30 points. But again, the Indians have a horrible offence.
He also only allowed 0.2 more baserunners per inning on base.
Sure, he ain’t the Cy Young award winner he was last year, but he will still be a great help to the ballclub.
Now comes the question of what the Rotation will look like afterwards.
It’s a definite that Lee and Hamels will stay in the rotation. Blanton is also safe. It all depends on what the Phils do with Martinez. If he’s a bullpen guy, which I doubt, then everyone keeps their rotation jobs. If not, then we’ll be sayin’ bye-bye to either J.A. Happ or Jamie Moyer in the rotation. Honestly, I have no idea who’s gonna go.
We will be saying bye to 4 prospects. Pitchers Carlos Carrasco, once valued as the best prospect in the organization, Jason Knapp, Shortstop Jason Donald, and Catcher Lou Marson.
The Indians will not only part with Cliff Lee, but also outfielder Ben Francisco. Francisco, who is most likely is the right hander off the bench the Phils have been looking for, is batting .250 with 10 Home Runs and 33 RBI in 89 Games with the Indians this year.
Don’t forget that the series final between the Phils and the D-Backs will begin tonight at 9:40 Eastern Time. Go for the sweep!
J.A. Happ (7-1) will pitch against Yusmeiro Petit (0-5).
Also of notice, is that this is my first blog entry. Huzzah!
…I don’t really have anything else to say. Look for more updates I suppose.