After winning a second consecutive National League Pennant, but falling short of its goal to repeat as World Champions, the Philadelphia Phillies were very active over the winter.
Economics and Father Time served somewhat as a catalyst, but most of the activity was designed to position the team for success in 2010 and beyond.
On the heels of winning MLB.com's Executive of the Year Award, General Manager Rubén Amaro continued his bias towards action rather than take the safe route of standing pat.
Most of the moves we saw were simply the ebb and flow of free agents that overhauled the bench and bullpen as well as changed the face of the team's everyday third baseman.
The re-signing of former Phillie Placido Polanco to step in for Pedro Feliz is expected to provide an offensive upgrade with only a slight drop-off in the field. The other changes are not devoid of impact, but are expected to be of less consequence.
Except for those who were out of the country, or perhaps on the International Space Station, everyone knows the big news in Philadelphia (and throughout the entire baseball world) was the Phillies' swap of aces at the top of its rotation.
The tandem trades welcomed Roy Halladay to Philadelphia while bidding farewell to Cliff Lee on his one-way trip to Seattle.
Those dual deals involving two of baseball's biggest names sent considerable seismic waves through the team's fanbase, with many still feeling the aftershocks.
Fans are surely ecstatic to have arguably the best starting pitcher in all of baseball taking the ball every fifth day in a Phillies uniform.
However, a good portion of that excitement is tempered by knowing that Lee, last year's postseason hero, is now wearing Mariners attire.
In order to provide some backdrop to measure the magnitude of these two transactions, I have taken a look through the archives to find Phillies trades that may rival them in terms of importance.
Because the players involved in those December deals have yet to step across the white lines in a game that matters, it is too early to judge their impact.
So, although those blockbuster trades may prove to have the greatest impact—positively, negatively or cumulatively—it is premature to include them here.
It is interesting to note that throughout the Phillies team history, the club has more often come out on the short end when big name players have been involved, but that trend appears to be turning.
I present to you the (sometimes unlucky) seven most important trades in Philadelphia Phillies history.