At the time of this writing, it is not official. Cliff Lee is rumored to be head to the Mariners. He would be part of the first “three way” to not be associated with Tiger Woods this month.
The Phillies would acquire Halladay, the Mariners Lee and Toronto something like four minor leaguers between the Phillies and Mariners. From Seattle, it sounds like we are rumored to be sending Aumont back to his native land. I am not sure who else will be leaving the Mariners organization.
This move has questions. Lee is eligible for free agency after the 2010 season. So, the amount of talent leaving the station could come back to haunt us should Lee not sign a long term deal. Of course, that long term deal would depend on how well he performs back in the AL.
Having a number 2 starter (an ace really) behind Felix is something that everyone should take notice of. With a hard throwing righty in Felix, and a precision lefty in Lee, we could have one of the better 1-2 punches in the AL. Oh, and don’t forget Ichiro followed by Figgins in the batting order.
Lackey is suppose to sign with the Red Sox. With him out of Anaheim, this could bode well for the Mariners in the AL West race. Of course, the Angels are also associated with rumors surrounding Matsui, yet another M’s killer.
Look for details to come tomorrow once this trade is official and made public. I did want to blog earlier, but work got in the way.