Breaking News: Cliff Lee Headed To Seattle in Three-Way, Blockbuster Deal

Griffin CooperAnalyst IDecember 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 8-6.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Multiple sources have been reporting over the last four hours that a blockbuster trade between the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays is on the verge of being a done deal.
The trade would send Roy Halladay to the Phillies, Cliff Lee to the Mariners, one Mariners prospect to the Blue Jays, two Mariners prospects to the Phillies, and two Phillies prospects to the Blue Jays.
This deal is also dependent on Roy Halladay signing an extension with the Phillies, which is apparently all but a formality.
While it’s still unclear as to the specifics of the deal, it looks pretty definite that Halladay is going to the Phillies, Lee is coming to the Mariners, and we’re at least giving up Phillippe Aumont.
Other prospects rumored to be included on the Mariners' end are Tyson Gillies and Juan Ramirez.
According to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN, other names such as Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley could be involved.
If the Mariners can pull this off without giving up Saunders or Morrow, they come out smelling like roses.
If they only have to give up one of them, it’s still a pretty sweet deal.

It’s also being reported that this deal is unlikely to become official before Wednesday.

Analytical post to follow, once more details are available.

 

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