Apparently the fans aren’t the only ones who were surprised when the Phillies traded Cliff Lee away. Lee said yesterday that he was shocked and that he fully expected to sign a long term deal with the Phils and spend the rest of his career with the team. He also said that he and his agent made a counter offer to the Phillies offer of an extension on the day that he was traded.
With another day to reflect I’m still feeling really good about the deal for Halladay, but still curious about the Lee trade.
On the Halladay deal I don’t think there’s a whole lot you can complain about. If Michael Taylor turns into an All-Star and if the Phillies can’t afford to bring back Werth after 2010, maybe they’ll be sorry. That’s two ifs in one sentence, though. Halladay is just phenomenal and the Phillies have signed him to a fantastic extension. I think you have to stretch pretty hard to find something to worry about with Halladay. Maybe the innings pitched — 266 when he was 26-years-old in 2003 and at least 220 for each of the past four years. But I think that’s a reach. He has just been outstanding and I think it’s reasonable to expect he will continue to be.
The Lee trade seems worse. Yesterday my mood on the Lee deal was mostly frustration that the Phils were unwilling to keep him along with Halladay. Forgetting that, at this point I’m wondering why the Phillies didn’t get more if they were going to trade him. How many teams would have been interested in Lee for one year at $9 million? I don’t know the answer, but I think it has to be a lot. I don’t understand why the Phillies weren’t able to get higher profile prospects that were more likely to help the Phils in the short term if they were going to trade him. That’s not to say that the guys that they got back don’t have a chance to help the Phillies. I think they do. I’m just surprised at what the Phillies got back considering the talent that they traded away. Anybody watch the World Series last year?
Halladay could pitch for the Phillies in 2014 at $20 million if he throws 415 innings between 2012 and 2013 combined, including at least 225 in 2013.
Tyson Gillies, who the Phillies acquired from Seattle, is legally deaf. He reads lips and wears hearing aids in both ears. The linked articles suggest that the biggest challenge this presents comes in running the bases as he has problems hearing instructions from coaches and teammates. Gillies shined on the bases in 2009, though. He had a monster year in the Class A Advanced California League last season, hitting 341/430/486 with 14 triples and 44 stolen bases. He led the league in stolen bases, was third in batting average and tied for second in triples.
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