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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Phillies Acquire Cliff Lee From Tribe

The Phillies got the alleged second-prize pitcher known or believed to be on the block, Cliff Lee, giving up four minor league prospects and Ben Francisco. The minor leaguers are AAA pitcher Carlos Carrasco, infielder Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson along with Single-A pitcher Jason Knapp to Cleveland. Mostly, this is of interest to the Dodgers and Angels because this immediately drives up the stakes in the race — real or imagined — to pick up Roy Halladay. So does yesterday's announcement that the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang will have season-ending surgery.

Update: Reaction at Let's Go Tribe is pretty heavily down on this move, while The Good Phight is pleased, unsurprisingly.

Update 2: Fangraphs is back up again — if slow — and has Dave Cameron's take on the deal.

Lee, you know about - last year’s AL Cy Young winner, he reinvented himself and has sustained his excellence this year as an All-Star caliber LHP. The Phillies hold a no-brainer club option for 2010 at just $9 million, making him a massive bargain. He’s a top shelf starting pitcher making a fraction of his value and without a long term commitment required. He’s an extremely valuable asset.

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Sorry Cleveland - you got hosed here. This is just not a good deal for the Indians in any way, shape, or form. Ruben Amaro just cleaned Mark Shapiro’s clock on this trade.

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