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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.
Service: 11 seasons
Strike Outs: 1410
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.
Age: 30 (31 next month)
Service: 7 years
Strike Outs: 826
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).