It’s been a week since the big trade, one that sent several former BlueClaws (three in this deal, seven including the Cliff Lee deal from July). Obviously, Halladay is now a Phillie, as are three Seattle minor leaguers (that we find more about here).
So basically, what do we think of the trade?
- Legitimate ace comes to Philly at basically $17 million per season (Toronto is paying $6 mil of 15 this year, then 20 per for three more)
- While prospect hit was significant, the system is far from bare (see this excellent analysis from the folks at Phuture Phillies)
- Roy Halladay is really good: from Phillies Nation…You deserve to embrace the fact that the Phils just acquired a guy who had a 2.97 ERA in 112 innings last year against the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, three of the top six offenses in baseball during that time.
- From Jayson Stark: So while the Phillies still have bullpen issues to address, “I like this deal a lot for the Phillies, long-term and short-term,” said an AL scout. “They got the best pitcher in the game right now. And they got a couple of guys from Seattle [Aumont and Gillies] I’m surprised they could get.”
- They had the horses to have Halladay and Lee on the same team, but were evidently uncomfortable with the additional salary that would have been required, and are building for the long term, rather than one massive run for glory.
- If Halladay is great, how much better will he be than Lee?
- Dave Murphy tweeted the following yesterday after the Javier Vazquez deal went down: Could set up an epic World Series pitching match-up: Sabathia-Vazquez-Burnett against Halladay-Lee-Hamels. . . .Wait, the Phils did what??
To us, Halladay is still better than Lee. He is a Hall of Famer. Lee has a lot of work to do there. You make the swap there without a problem. And even though you trade away some guys you don’t want to trade, the difference between Halladay for four years and Lee for one is some valuable prospects, and that’s how it worked out for the Phillies. We’re all operating under the assumption that having both together wasn’t an option, and signing Lee long term was not an option. So what’s the next best scenario? I think this is pretty darn good.