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Halladay to the Phillies

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This past winter the hot prospect on every teams mind when looking to improve their bullpen was Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Although it may seem simple to the outside world, landing a pitcher of this stature is harder than it looks. The Philadelphia Phillies eventually became the frontrunners in the scramble to acquire this ace. However, there were many aspects to consider before the deal could be finalized. First, they needed Halladay to agree to a contract extension. There was a 72-hour window to reach an agreement and Halladay eventually settled with a three-year, $60 million extension through 2013.

On the other hand, with this great addition to their bullpen, they had to let go of one of their most consistent pitchers. As a result of this deal they made the decision to trade Cliff Lee to the Mariners as well as seven prospects to various teams. Phillies fans are ecstatic with one of the best pitchers in baseball coming to their team. However, I would imagine it will take time for them to adjust to a bullpen without their beloved and reliable pitcher, Cliff Lee. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “We could have kept both of them, but it was a baseball decision for me and our organization. This move, coupled with Lee’s allowed us to replenish our system for the foreseeable future.” Only time will tell how this decision will affect this team in the future.


Written by brendanchapin1

December 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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