Roy Halladay and left-hander Joe Saunders are set to deal when the Phillies and Diamondbacks continue their weekend set Saturday night at 7:05.
Notes: Earlier today, the Phillies lost their best player this season, Carlos Ruiz, with the possibility that he could be shut down until pitchers and catchers report in February. ... Meanwhile, earlier today, MLBTradeRumors.com polled readers, asking if the Phillies should let Cliff Lee go. Sixty-nine percent of readers voted 'yes.' The Dodgers were awarded claiming rights on Lee yesterday, which gives the Phillies the option of unloading the roughly $90 million remaining on his contract. I see their point, but flexibility via salary relief shouldn't be the Phillies' driving force behind dealing the left-hander. The time to do it is this winter when the records reset, the market opens up and the Phils can zero in on what they really need: top young talent. Plus, with uncertainty surrounding Doc these days, the Phils can't afford to weaken their rotation. ... I'm calling it right now: If the rotation and bullpen will allow it, BJ Roseberg is handed the ball Wednesday, not Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd has logged 141 innings, compared to about 70 for Rosenberg, who has been stretched out as a starter this month. ... Finally, look for the Phillies to sign catching on the cheap now that Ruiz is out. Veteran back-up Koyie Hill was recently released by the Nationals. Wil Nieves of the Rockies was also designated for assignment this week. [Jump to the newest comments]