As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Phillies have acquire RHP, Roy Halladay, and on the surface it seems like a nightmare for the Mets. Of course, when I heard the news, I was not happy, but then I remembered that in gaining Halladay, they are losing their best starter Cliff Lee.
In comparison, Halladay is easier the better pitcher, but it is not the WORST case-scenario for the Mets. In this deal, the Lee is going to the Mariners, a team who is also after the coveted outfielder, Jason Bay. As Bay has made it very clear, if the Mariners offer him a 5 year deal, he is as good as theirs. With the addition of Cliff Lee, and the previous acquisition of Chone Figgins, it does not seem likely that the Mariners would be able to acquire another huge name.
Although I’m not the biggest Bay advocate, i still would be quite satisfied if the Mets were able to patch up their need for power. In terms of the Phillies, they will likely match up Halladay with Santana when they play each other, and quite frankly, Santana is the better pitcher. Of course this is not what decides every game, but the Mets do not need to be terrified. Perhaps a bigger downer, is the fact that Lackey is off the market.