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Monday, December 14, 2009

Hot Stove

I will be the first person to tell you that I hate when people speculate at trades - especially when they announce them before they happen - but the recent news has me feeling anxious. Reports have Roy Halladay coming to the Phillies, possibly in exchange for Cliff Lee in a three-team deal. I think I'm more excited about the idea of the Phillies' just making a move like this than I am that the team would be significantly better.

I cannot even contemplate how this move will go over with the city. So many people are in love with Lee after his outstanding post season (and the majority of his time here after the trade), and I am one of them. He pitched GREAT, and he's a VERY solid major league pitcher. It would be very difficult to explain (to the people who need explaining) that Halladay is a better pitcher. He has significantly better meaningful numbers (I know it's hard to believe) than Cliff Lee for his career. His salary is going to be large, and he is 2 years older. I think the difference in quality (over a longer time period) outweighs these negatives, and this is why I support this move if it happens.

No doubt will it be a tough move personnel-wise because Cliff Lee was perfect for this team. I'll be interested to see how this pans out, and who else will be involved in the deal.

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