Report: Halladay is signed, sealed and delivered

Posted by mattsmith on 15th December 2009

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Roy Halladay has agreed to a contract extension with the Phillies. Terms of the contract are undisclosed.

Here’s the breakdown on the four-team blockbuster, which now includes Oakland

Phillies Acquire (from Toronto)

  • RHP Roy Halladay
  • RHP Phillippe Aumont  (minor leaguer)
  • OF Tyson Gillies (minor leaguer)
  • RHP Juan Ramirez (minor leaguer)
  • $6 million cash

Toronto Acquires (From Philadelphia/Oakland)

  • C Travis d’Arnaud (minor leaguer)
  • RHP Kyle Drabek (minor leaguer)
  • 1B/3B Brett Wallace (minor league)

Seattle Acquires

  • LHP Cliff Lee

Oakland Acquires (From Toronto via Phillies)

  • OF Michael Taylor (minor leaguer)

 

More reaction to come …

Tags: Brett Wallace, Cliff Lee, Juan Ramirez, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillippe Aumont, Roy Halladay, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Gillies
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BREAKING: Halladay traded to Phillies; Lee heading to Seattle?

Posted by mattsmith on 14th December 2009

According to SI.com, Roy Halladay has been traded to the Phillies and will sign a contract extension.

The three-team deal could involve Cliff Lee heading to Seattle, but nothing has been confirmed, according to the report.

Tags: Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays
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Hot Stove Chatter: Park & Eyre, Halladay, Other stuff …

Posted by mattsmith on 9th December 2009

  • It appears the Phillies will not re-sign relief pitchers Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre before the end of the winter meetings Thursday. Park remains the team’s No. 1 priority in terms of the bullpen, but according to multiple local reports, the Phillies seem willing to move on without Eyre because they believe Antonio Bastardo and Sergio Escalona have the potential to be effective left-handers out of the pen.
  • Brandon Lyon’s asking price is too high, according to multiple reports. The Phillies were aggressively pursuing Lyon to be, perhaps, the closer if Brad Lidge falters next year.
  • The Phillies have the pieces to obtain Roy Halladay in a trade. According to reports, the Phillies have had dialogue with the Blue Jays during the winter meetings.
  • The Phillies have until Saturday to offer salary arbitration to right-handers Chad Durbin and Clay Condrey. Durbin, in all likelihood, will return.
  • The addition of Ross Gload, signed late Tuesday, probably marks the “official” end of Matt Stairs’ tenure. Eric Bruntlett declined a minor-league contract last month and Juan Castro was signed to take his place.
  • GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told Phillies.com that Kyle Kendrick will “fight” for a spot in the starting rotation come spring training. Oft-injured, hard-throwing right-hander Scott Mathieson will compete for one of the bullpen spots.

Tags: Antonio Bastardo, Brandon Lyon, Chan Ho Park, Kyle Kendrick, Matt Stairs, Philadelphia Phillies, Ross Gload, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr., Scott Eyre, Scott Mathieson, Sergio Escalona, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 schedule released

Posted by mattsmith on 15th September 2009

The Phillies will open the 2010 season on the road against Washington for a three-game series beginning April 5. They’ll host the Nationals April 12 for the home opener.

The Phils will close the year on a six-game road trip against Washington and Atlanta from Sept. 27-Oct. 3. In fact, the team’s final 24 games come against NL East opponents.

Interleague play will feature more AL East competition next year. The Phils will go on the road to face Boston, New York and Toronto. They will  play at home against the AL Central’s Minnesota and Cleveland.

Tags: 2010 MLB schedule, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
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Trade talks for Indians’ Lee heating up

Posted by mattsmith on 29th July 2009

The Phillies’ chances of acquiring Roy Halladay have declined with each day.

A deal for Cliff Lee seems more likely and talks are heating up, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Three Cleveland Indians scouts are watching top prospect Carlos Carrasco pitch in an 11 a.m. EST game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It appears Carrasco would be the key piece in a trade for Lee.

Cliff Lee isnt Roy Halladay. But he isnt Turk Wendel or Omar Daal, either.

Cliff Lee isn't Roy Halladay. But he isn't Turk Wendel or Omar Daal, either.

The Phillies may be able to work out a way to avoid trading Kyle Drabek, the highly touted Double-A Reading hurler, as well as top position player prospectDominic Brown.

According to Stark, a package for Lee could include Carrasco, a top position-player prospect(Jason Donald, probably) and Class-A pitchers Jason Knapp and Trevor May.

OK, so Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies brass absolutely, positively, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt WILL NOT trade Kyle Drabek to the Blue Jays. How do I feel about that? Not many Phillies fans would agree with me, but I’m fine with Lee instead of Halladay. The Phillies aren’t going to move Drabek and that’s that. Frankly, I’m already dreaming of a rotation that includes Cole Hamels, Lee, Happ and Drabek next season…. sounds good to me.

Lee isn’t some middle-of-the-road pitcher. He’s an ace. He’s a Cy Young Award recipient. He’s not THE top guy, but he’s not some stop-gap solution, either. He’s a guy that can get you deep into games and if the Phillies can get him without surrendering Drabek… go for it.

Tags: Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians, Cliff Lee, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp, Kyle Drabek, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Philadelphia Phillies, Reading Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr., Toronto Blue Jays, Trevor May
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Spotlight: Kyle Drabek

Posted by mattsmith on 27th July 2009

GENERAL

Age: 21

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Position: P

REPORT

Drabek is the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. The much-ballyhooed right-hander has pitched extremely well at two levels this season — Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thus far, Drabek is 10-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 starts. He is developing into a strikeout pitcher, averaging about 9.0 per nine innings.

In addition, Drabek has done a good job of limiting the longball. He’s allowed only three homers, equating to an average of 0.2 per nine innings.

His walks-per-nine ratio is around 3.0.

Drabek is a hard-throwing hurler, topping out around 96-97 mph early in starts. To complement his fastball, Drabek is developing quite a curveball to keep batters guessing.

Drabek has been the focal point of the Blue Jays’ demands in trade talks involving Roy Halladay. If Drabek sticks around in the Phillies organization, he’d be a favorite to win a starting rotation spot next spring.

A first-round draftee in 2006, Drabek. underwent Tommy John surgery in his first full professional season (2007).

He is the son of former Cy Young Award winner, Doug Drabek.

Tags: Add new tag, Kyle Drabek, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Philadelphia Phillies, Reading Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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Halladay Watch: Trade far from imminent

Posted by mattsmith on 27th July 2009

The Phillies and Blue Jays aren’t making progress in trade talks involving Roy Halladay, and a deal doesn’t appear likely, according to ESPN.com.

The Blue Jays refuse to accept a trade offer that doesn’t “wow” them. The key piece to the puzzle is right-hander Kyle Drabek, who the Phillies refuse to include in any offer.

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark was told by one executive that talks are “not going well.”

The Phillies have expressed interest in 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians as a fall back plan. However, it is believed that the Tribe would require a Halladay-like package in return.

At this point, I’m starting to believe the Phillies will shock the baseball

The Roy Halladay sweepstakes are closing fast on the Phillies.

The Roy Halladay sweepstakes are closing fast on the Phillies.

world by acquiring Sidney Ponson in exchange for Adam Eaton’s leftover batting gloves…

Tags: ESPN, Jayson Stark, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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Could Moyer be odd man out?

Posted by mattsmith on 27th July 2009

Let’s pretend for a moment:

It’s three weeks from today. The Phillies have acquired Roy Halladay for Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ, and every Grade-A prospect in the farm system imaginable.

Pedro Martinez is set to make his first start in a Phillies uniform, coming off a series of very impressive starts on rehab assignment.

Halladay slides into Happ’s spot in the rotation. And Pedro…

… where would Pedro Martinez go?

Rodrigo Lopez has been a solid No. 5 guy since taking over the role in early July. He hasn’t done anything to lose his job, but since he is the cheapest guy in the rotation, he’s probably the favorite to get shipped out.

After all, you cannot replace Joe Blanton, who at this point, is having a career season in terms of ERA and overall consistency. Cole Hamels? Yeah, right.

But what about Jamie Moyer? The 46-year-old Souderton, Pa. native is having — at best — a terribly inconsistent season. Moyer can look great against the Marlins, but it’s a guessing game against all other teams…

Moyer has nine wins — most on the team — largely because the Phillies can score for just about any starter (thus the reason Lopez is 3-0). But his ERA of 5.65 is among the worst in baseball among qualified starting pitchers.

Sad to see Moyer go, but if this imaginary world comes true in the next couple weeks, he’d have to be the odd man out.

Right?

Jamie, youre an awesome guy and we thank you for playing a big part in our chanpionship run last season. But... we have to let you go...

Jamie, you're an awesome guy and we thank you for playing a big part in our championship run last season. But... we have to let you go...

Tags: J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies, Rodrigo Lopez, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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Toronto’s trade proposal rejected by Phils

Posted by mattsmith on 25th July 2009

According to ESPN, the Phillies have rejected the Blue Jays’ trade proposal for Roy Halladay.

The Jays were asking for minor league prospects Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown, as well as J.A. Happ.

The Phillies do not want to give up both Drabek and Happ, according to the report.

MLB.com reported that Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava scouted the latest outing of Triple-A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who could possibly be included in the trade, in replace of either Drabek or Happ.

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Does this mean a deal is dead? I don’t think so. I would imagine the Phillies will work aggressively in trying to get something

done. I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow the Phillies include both Drabek and Carrasco, as well as Brown or Michael Taylor.  I think this news decreases the Phillies’ chances of acquiring Halladay, but not by a drastic percentage…

Tags: Carlos Carrasco, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
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Blue Jays, Phillies in serious trade discussions

Posted by mattsmith on 25th July 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that the Phillies have an offer on the table for Roy Halladay.

Here are the players Toronto would receive:

J.A. Happ may have made his last start as a member of the Phillies.

J.A. Happ may have made his last start as a member of the Phillies.

RHP Kyle Drabek

LHP J.A. Happ

OF Dominic Brown

Drabek (Double-A Reading) and Brown (Single-A Clearwater) are regarded as two of the top minor league prospects in all of baseball. Happ has shined as arguably the Phillies’ most consistent starting pitcher this season.

From what I’ve learned, if this trade is going to be made, it’s going to happen within the next 24-48 hours.

Is this a good trade? Absolutely, for both sides. I thought about the possibility of the Phillies finding a way to avoid trading Drabek, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. You got to give just what’cha got, to get just what’cha want.

While there is a trade prospal (reportedly), there’s no guarantee the trade actually happens. There are other teams interested in Halladay and it wouldn’t surprise me if a team emerges in the 25th hour.

At this point, however, you’ve got to like the Phillies chances.

Tags: Add new tag, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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