Halladay, Lee Blockbuster Done

by Ben Cook on December 15, 2009

Update: Ken Rosenthall is reporting that Philadelphia will receive Roy Halladay & $6m from the Blue Jays, Phillipe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and a 3rd player from the Mariners in exchange for sending Cliff Lee to Seattle. The Blue Jays will receive elite pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, and Travis D’Arnaud from Philadelphia.

The extension being talked about for Halladay to waive his no trade clause is a 3 year deal worth $60 million which would be a great deal for the Phillies and well below what Halladay’s free agent value would be.

Roy Halladay may finally be on his way out of Toronto.

Ken Rosenthall is reporting that the Phillies & Blue Jays are working on a three team trade that would send Halladay to the Phillies in exchange for prospects that will be acquired by sending Cliff Lee to a 3rd, as of yet unnamed team.

There’s speculation that the Angels are the 3rd team in the deal, attempting to acquire Lee to replace soon to be departing John Lackey.

Update: Sports Illustrated Jon Heyman is reporting that the 3rd team is actually the Seattle Mariners & the deal is close to completion. The Phillies are currently trying to “lock up” Halladay.

Naturally a deal including two Cy Young award winners in the prime of their careers is going to be fairly complicated.

Lee is only under contract for one more year at $9 million and has informed the team that he won’t be giving them any type of discount to resign. Halladay, however, reportedly will be willing to sign a contract extension in exchange for waiving his no-tradeĀ  clause & would be willing to take less money to play for a contender that trains in Florida.

To add even more fuel to the suddenly blazing hot stove rumor, the Philadelphia Inquirer is currently reporting that Halladay & his agent are in Philadelphia, presumably to work on an extension in advance of announcing a completed trade.

If the Phillies can manage to get Halladay locked up on a multi-year deal, without giving up all of the top prospects that were being discussed at the trade deadline, it would be a master stroke.

As we’ve seen previously with Halladay trade rumors, nothing is finished until the ink is dry so we’ll keep you up to date

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