Hot off the metaphoric news presses, the Phillies have propelled their chances at defending their championship this season by landing last season's AL CY Young winner Cliff Lee.
Lee, who on the season has been has been very good with a 3.14 ERA, has suffered from terrible run support all season long. His ERA is even more impressive considering Lee's awful start, where in his first two games he gave up 11 Earned Run in 10 innings.
The Indians in return will be receiving Triple-A right-hander Carlos Carrasco, Single-A righty Jason Knapp, and catcher Lou Marson. According to people in "THE KNOW", Marson is someone who could be viewed as an air apparent to Victor Martinez, meaning that this is just the tip of the iceberg for the Indians when it comes to trading this season. As it's been rumored that several teams, including the Rays and Red Sox, are interested in the 31-year old hard hitting Catcher/First basemen.
The Phillies, after this trade, find themselves with arguably a better pitching rotation then the one that led them to their first championship since 1980, last season. With Lee and Hamels at the top of the rotation, the Phillies find themselves with a one-two punch that rivals any in baseball. Consider the fact that Lee will now get a boost from, not just being in a pennant race, but facing the NL for the first time, and not having to deal with DH's.
Any high Mets fans recently have been feeling from their modest 4-game winning streak, the Phillies have just socked out of them.
For the Phillies, Cliff Lee is their big consolation prize for not being able to land the best pitcher in baseball, Roy Halladay. Considering what the Phillies were to give up to land Halladay, this trade might have worked better for the ball-club, long term. And if Lee can help propel this Phillies team to a World Series, it could be the right answer short term also.
Regardless, take note National League- suddenly the Phillies find themselves favorites in the National League Pennant chance.