Roy Halladay to Phillies; Cliff Lee to M’s & More…

While the huge news early in the day concerning John Lackey was surely an attention grabber, it was one-upped by the Fighting Phils this afternoon.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a three-team trade with the Mariners and Blue Jays to acquire ace pitcher Roy Halladay. It looks like posteason hero for the Phillies, Cliff Lee will go to the Mariners, and Seattle will definitely send a prospect or two to Toronto.

What a move by Philadelphia! Meanwhile, it looks like the M’s are suddenly becoming the team out West to beat.

The Jays are sadly cutting payroll and are definitely rebuilding, plus losing a franchise mainstay; however, it’s a move they needed to make and replenish their system.