The three-team übertrade involving the Phillies, the Mariners, the Blue Jays and Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee is not “complete,” but pending Halladay passing a physical it’s a reasonable certainty. At least on paper, this deal looks good for all three parties.
Last week the dire Red Sox were in bridge mode. They land John Lackey for five-years $85 million. Now, they have “the best rotation in the American League” and are World Series contenders. Both extremes are convenient hyperbole for baseball writers wishing to inject drama, but we must ask. Why is everyone so jazzed about John Lackey?