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Cliff Lee To Philadelphia For Prospects: Breaking News

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Cliff Lee #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
gabriel trevinoCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

While everyone in the Delaware Valley was turning blue (holding their breath) for Doc Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr. was busy in trade talks with Cleveland for Cliff Lee.

This deal is 'supposedly' a done deal pending physicals.

The Phillies get Cliff Lee (SP) and Ben Francisco (corner outfielder) for Jason Knapp (SP), Lou Marson (C), Jason Donald (IF), and Carlos Carrasco (SP).

Of the Phillies' prospects, Carrasco and Marson are the most Major League ready.  Knapp is an 18 year old fireballer in single A.  Donald is logjammed at the shortstop position by Jimmy Rollins, in other words, he's expendable. 

You may remember Jason Donald's name from this years Olympic games.  Donald tore it up for the USA team and really put his name on a lot of team's forefronts.

This deal on the surface is; Advantage - Phillies.

In fact, I will continue to think this unless Knapp turns out to be the next Nolan Ryan.  Obviously that won't happen for at least a few years as Knapp is still very raw in talent.

I think Ruben was trying to hold out on Halladay but the Jay's were clearly not budging.  Instead of playing the game on waiting until Friday, Amaro Jr. went out and got the next best option in Cliff Lee, and without having to give up any of the 'top 3' prospects (Drabek, Taylor, Brown).

I like this trade for the Phils even if it gives them potentially 4 lefty starters in their rotation (Hamels, Lee, Happ, Moyer). 

What do you all think out there in BR nation?  Comment below.


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