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Phillies Targeting Cliff Lee

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Cliff Lee to the Phillies?

Cliff Lee to the Phillies?

Old Friend Gordon Edes is back again with another tasty MLB trade rumor, this one involving the Philadelpha Phillies.

Edes is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that the Phillies are “very close” to completing a deal for Indians starter Cliff Lee. (Of course, Old Gordy did slip up yesterday in his Sox report, as it turned out that Masterson or Lars Anderson, not Westmoreland, were the second players in the proposed deal with Toronto).

But if the report is accurate, the question then becomes this:

Are the Sox now the frontrunners to get Roy Halladay?

Since it became clear that the Jays could be sellers this season, the Phillies have been widely considered the logical destination for the Cy Young pitcher. But if they snag Cliff Lee, one can safely assume that they have taken themselves out of the Halladay talks. This leaves basically one team and one team only that has the prospects – and is willing to part with them – to get the job done:

The Red Sox.

Never count out Brian Cashman and the Yankees, however. They have been suspiciously quiet as the deadline nears, and we all remember what happened this winter with Mark Teixeira.

Suffice it to say, it should be an interesting couple days here at Game Six Headquarters as things heat up.

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