FOXsports.com is reporting that Roy Halladay is in Philadelphia right now , and could be a Phillie very soon.
"The only reasons for the Blue Jays right-hander to be in Philly would be to negotiate a contract extension, take a physical or both. One source said that -- as of shortly after 3 p.m. Monday -- the commissioner's office had not yet granted the Phillies permission to discuss an extension with Halladay. Judging by that, it would appear that an agreement is not imminent today."
The rub is the Phils would be parting with postseason hero Cliff Lee. FOX reports that the Halladay and Lee would be part of a three-team trade involving themselves, the Jays, and possibly the Angels. The Phils would get Halladay and cash.
How bad was that meeting with Lee's agent last week? If Lee is hell bent on testing free agency after 2010, and the Phils can lock up an ace like Halladay now it's a no-brainer. Of course being able to keep both, at least for one season, would be ideal, but that may not be possible.
So the question is would you rather have Halladay for 3-4 years or have a highly-motivated Lee for one?
Update: SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Phillies and Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that will send Halladay to Philadelphia. The third team involved is the Seattle Mariners. It is not clear who the Jays and Mariners will be receiving, although it is still widely speculated Cliff Lee will be the key component.