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.