Beerleaguer readers and national writers alike are celebrating Ruben Amaro's stunning trade for the reigning ALCy Young winner, plus an outfielder, while securing the bulk of their high-ceiling prospects.
“Wholesale approval for this deal. They didn't need Halliday so badly that they needed to give up their primary pitching and positional prospects to get him. This trade makes perfect sense for the Phillies, even though Lee/Francisco didn't come cheaply. This was the right move to make. The only question is, what happens to Pedro Martinez?” – RSB
“That's a fantastic coup for Amaro if true. To do it without losing Taylor, Brown & Drabek is tremendous. ... Ben Francisco is a solid defensive outfielder with fair power, decent speed, doesn't walk or strikeout much and has a career .810 OPS vs. LHP. He'll replace Mayberry. Now if only we could replace Bruntlett.” - clout
“Stunned, frankly. From everything we've read about the Phillies, it seems the four pieces they value the most right now are in some order, Kyle Drabek, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ and Michael Taylor. The Indians didn't get any of them. They got one high-upside guy (Knapp), and he's in low Class A and has some shoulder fatigue. The rest of the guys are solid regulars at best--they're not stars. Lee is very affordable for next season, and the AL Central is a very winnable division. I don't like this trade at all for the Indians. From the Phillies' standpoint, this is a great deal, to hold on to the young guys you want and get a frontline starter. I'd rather have Halladay than Lee, but I'd rather give up this package for Lee than meet J.P. Ricciardi's reported demands for Halladay.” - ESPN writer Jim Callis