The Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay have recently agreed on a three-year $60 million deal with an extra $20 million option for 2014. This would be the first confirmation of the three-way block buster trade between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mariners. Philadelphia is planning to send Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Seattle in exchange for prospects Phillippe Aumot and Tyson Gillies. The Phillies may also trade outfielder Michael Taylor for Travis D’Arnaud and pitcher Kyle Drabek to Toronto.
Aside from the main scenario, other possible deals have been discussed that would involve the Oakland Athletics. The priorities in the agreements are clearly ace’s Halladay and Lee. With Lee alongside stand-out pitcher Felix Hernandez, the Mariners are certainly in better position in comparison to their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, who just lost John Lackey to free agency and the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Yankees have decided to end discussions with veteran slugger Hideki Matsui. In the final game of the 2009 World Series Matsui produced three hits and six RBI’s. He is reportedly a physical away from joining the Angels organization. As far as pitching goes, LA will definitely need another spark to keep them in contention for 2010. “We have some guys who can really hold it down,” said Torii Hunter of the current rotation, “but we need a veteran to lead the way a bit. I still think we have a team that’s good enough to win.”