Seattle Mariners Reel in Lee, Getting Best of Three-Team Deal

Posted: 15th December 2009 by Ben Aikey in MLB
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As reported by ESPN, a three-team blockbuster deal is all but done. The deal will involve the Blue Jays sending Roy Halladay to the Phillies, the Phillies dealing Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and a handful of prospects going in all different directions. Call me crazy, but thereÆs only one winner in this dealùthe Mariners. The Phillies are already loaded. They already have Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ. This is arguably the best starting rotation in the NL East. Cliff Lee would have rounded out their rotation, if not for this deal. While Halladay automatically becomes the ace of this already deep staff, the trade really doesnÆt make the Phillies any better. The NL East is nowhere near as strong as it once was. Sure, the Marlins like to think theyÆre competitive, and ...

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