UPDATE: The Mariners will send pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont and outfielder Michael Taylor to Toronto. Aumont, a 2007 first round pick, had a 3.29 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 106 2/3 total minor league innings. Taylor, 23, owns a .323 career average and a .368 OBP in 1,036 minor league plate appearances.
FOXSPORTS.COM is reporting that the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Mariners have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Roy Halladay to the Phillies, Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and prospects to the Blue Jays.
The deal is very complicated, with lots of money being passed around and negotiation windows being negotiated for Halladay to complete an extension. Once they work out all the logistics, then it will go to be approved at the Commissioners Office.
It will be interesting to see who the Mariners surrender in return for Lee. The Mariners probably will have to surrender either prospect Dustin Ackley, Phillippe Aumont, or Carlos Triunfel in the deal.
The Phillies struggled to lock up pitcher Cliff Lee, and perhaps that is why they decided to move him. He will also be a free agent after the 2010 season.
Two news reports today that seriously impact the Angels and their playoff chances in 2010. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.