The Big Lead Articles December 15 2009

Halladay-Lee Trade Should Benefit Phillies, Mariners and Blue Jays

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.

Why is Everyone So Excited About John Lackey?

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?


Phillies Get Cliff Lee, But Should They Have Stepped Up For Halladay?

The defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies traded for last year’s American League Cy Young award winner, Cliff Lee. The pedigrees sound tremendous. The Phillies landed Lee without giving up their most prized prospects. We hinted this might happen in June. That said, they may have made the wrong deal.

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