At a passing glance, the Phillies’ two major moves in acquiring Roy Halladay and one time Philadelphia star Placido Polanco seems to be an absurd move considering the prospects they lost, and the amount of money they coughed up for the two players.
But if we delve further into to it we see another side of the move that shows itself to be smarter than it looks.
The Phillies needed to be sure that getting rid of Pedro Feliz would only produce a third base glove that was of equal talent defensively. The real trick was finding a guy who could hit better than Feliz without sacrificing said defense.
Placido Polanco is that guy.
Polanco’s HR production and RBI production saw a slight increase in 09’ with Detroit while his OPS and AVG saw a decrease, but the guy is a solid hitter and doesn’t strikeout a lot, and he has a good eye for the zone making him an offensive upgrade over Feliz.
Roy Halladay on the other hand, is a tougher question to field.
There are some that will say the Phillies neither gained nor lost in trading for Halladay and giving up Lee, so why waste the money?
There are those that will dig a bit deeper and say, there’s more to the story.
The Phillies main focus was security in their investment. That’s not to say that Lee wasn’t a safe investment, but when you look at the long and short of it all, you have to agree that while Lee and Halladay are workhorses and dominate presences on the mound, it is Halladay that proves to be a bit more durable.
Halladay led the league last year with 9 complete games while enjoying a 2.79 ERA and while the man turns 33 this May, there really isn’t any signs of him slowing down anytime soon.
Add in his stellar record of 17-8 and 3.02 ERA and 1.14 WHIP against the National League along side 6 million in cash from the Blue Jays, and suddenly everything just seems to be in their right place for everyone.