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Rosenthal is a pretty good match-maker

Dec 12, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for cliff lee and roy halladay.JPGAfter providing plenty of rumors and news all week at the winter meetings, Ken Rosenthal of has a doozy of an idea regarding Roy Halladay and the Phillies:

You want a blockbuster? How about one that includes not one, but two former Cy Young Award winners?

I have no proof
that the Phillies are trying to move left-hander Cliff Lee as part of a
three- or four-team trade for Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay.

But I’ve got a hunch.


So, here’s the
deal: Lee goes somewhere for prospects. The Phillies include the
prospects in their package for Halladay, maybe keep one or two for
themselves. Halladay gets his extension, the Jays get a bounty of young
players and some lucky team gets Lee for one year at his bargain salary
of $9 million.

Who could be that lucky team? The
Mariners, says Rosenthal. Again, it’s just a hunch, but Rosenthal
thinks Mariners’ prospects Michael Saunders and Phillipe Aumont could
appeal to the Blue Jays because they are Canadian.

Is the idea far-fetched? Maybe. If
the Phillies want to go all-out this season, they could afford to keep
both. But both Lee and Halladay are free agents after 2010 and would
cost somewhere around $150-200 million to stick around, a figure that
makes every team outside of the Yankees blush. Rosenthal’s idea
wouldn’t give Phillies fans the dream rotation they covet, but his
logic is pretty sound.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Too bad. I would love to see the Borg try to deal with both Lee and Halladay next October – and not have the luxury of two games against Hamels into the bargain.
    Then again, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Feelies have to deal with both Sabbathia and Halladay either. This is the Borg we’re talking about, isn’t it? And really, is Halladay going to waive his no trade clause to abandon the culinary paradise that is Queen West and environs for those…you all ready?…horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches that southeastern Pennsylvania considers the pinnacle of its gustatory universe?
    By the way, CTB bloggers, have you guys considered getting together on taking out a big life insurance policy on Ken Rosenthal and splitting the annual premium amongst you? ‘Cause if anything happens to him, you’re going to need to do all that work yourselves. Building your own network of informants isn’t that easy or cheap – just ask any retired Stasi officer.
    Failing that, of course, you could always look up your local Santera and bring him a goat once a month to sacrifice for Ken’s wellbeing. I’m sure the Cubs front office would be happy to supply you with all the goats youy want.

  2. comnsnse - Dec 12, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Old gator,very colorful,creative and wide ranging sense of humor.Your talents may be wasted on this site.Try some of the major dailies in the NY metro area!

  3. KingJoe! - Dec 12, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    This would be stupid. Lee and Halladay make sense, but Halladay and Hamels, is no better then what they have. Trade Hamels and Taylor, plus a few 2nd tiers guys for Halladay, sign Lee long-term and then wait on Halladay until the season is over. Trading Halladay in July if they arent playing well as a team

  4. TOGuy - Dec 12, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Jays wouldnt be interested in Hamels – they are building for 2-3 years from now … they (rightly) want bluechip AA and AAA prospects, or at least young majors-ready players that will be cheap andunder control for a few years.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Aww, thanks mom….

  6. blacktorc - Dec 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    In stock trading circles, this is known as “churn”. It only makes sense to those getting a commission on the deal.

  7. jonny5 - Dec 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Rosenthal has been smoking crack I think. For the Salary Lee is drawing next season and the Phills in talks with his agent. If they want that trophy, they’ll need Lee in their rotation, he’s proven his worth. I see blanton being traded for prospects the Jays want. I see Hamels or Happ going north as part of a package, but it makes no sense at all to get rid of Lee.If Amaro offloads Lee he’ll regret it. Deeply. It’s just stupid to do so much work to get Halladay for a much larger salary and loose prospects to boot.

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