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No one's head has been called for this season more than Ruben Amaro's. Phillies fans want him to rue the day.
"He'll never live this trade down for the rest of his time with the Phillies," scream rabid Phillies fans.
The thought of a Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Happ rotation is sometimes too much to bear for the Philly faithful.
Except that it is all a myth.
Cliff Lee had an exceptional first half of the season with the Seattle Mariners who, oh by the way, happen to play in the friendliest pitcher's park in the American League.
However, since being traded to the Texas Rangers, Lee has combusted. Lee is now 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA since joining the Rangers, and in ten starts he has allowed four or more earned runs six times.
Meanwhile, the player the Phillies ended up with instead of Lee, Roy Oswalt, has gone 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in six starts, and has even played left field.
And remember, to keep Lee, the Phillies would have had to re-sign Lee.
What if the Phils had given him $100 million and then not made the move for Halladay? What if Lee was performing for the Phils the way he is for the Rangers?
The Phillies would be screwed.
And that should be the legacy of the Cliff Lee Deal for Ruben Amaro and the Philadelphia Phillies.