Roy Halladay vs. Cliff Lee

Sean KennedyCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Though Cliff Lee is apparently off to Philadelphia, I thought this analysis of the two biggest pitching names available at the trade deadline would be interesting.

Roy Halladay

Career Stats
Service: 11 seasons
Wins:  142 
ERA: 3.45
Strike Outs: 1410
Walks: 440
WHIP: 1.20
From '02-'08, Halladay averaged 16 wins,  3.21 ERA, 210 innings, and 150 Ks per season.
The 2003 Cy Young Award winner has thrown a tremendous amount of innings, leading the league in 2002, 2003, and 2008.
Halladay was limited to 21 starts, and placed on the DL, in 2004 due to shoulder problems. He described the issue as a "tired throwing arm." The next season, he was limited to 19 starts after a line drive broke his leg on July 8. He missed the remainder of what was otherwise a brilliant season.
The Toronto ace has a no trade clause in a contract that will pay him $14.25M this year, and $15.75M next season.
Cliff Lee
Career Stats
Age: 30 (31 next month)
Service: 7 years
Wins: 83
ERA: 4.01
Strike Outs: 826
Walks: 322
WHIP: 1.31
From 2004-2008, Lee averaged 15 wins, 4.49 ERA, 181 innings, and 134 Ks per season.
The 2008 Cy Young Award winner has been relatively healthy throughout his career. During Spring Training in 2007, Lee suffered a groin strain that landed him on the DL. He didn't join the Indians' rotation until May. He pitched poorly thereafter, and was eventually optioned to the Indians' Triple A affiliate in July, before being recalled in September.
Lee's contract pays him $5.75M this season, with a $9M club option next year ($1M buyout).