Phillies getting Lee for a song?

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As we await confirmation on the rumored Cliff Lee-to-the-Phillies deal, it’s probably worth reading Tyler Hissey’s Cliff Lee-Roy Halladay tale of the tape. Money graf:

Cliff Lee is not the same quality pitcher as Roy Halladay, but the
pair’s trade value is actually pretty close. The Indians have a greater
incentive to keep Lee, for that reason, and will have to be blown away
with an offer before parting ways with him.

Halladay will command a bounty–the Red Sox have reportedly offered
Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz and Ryan Westmoreland, which is a great
package. But while the price for Lee won’t be that high, the Indians
should only part ways with him if the return is fairly close to what
the Phillies initially offered for Halladay.

If what we’re hearing is true, however, the Tribe isn’t getting the
same kind of haul from Philly that we’ve seen connected to Halladay,
which means that Philadelphia could be getting a relative bargain.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.