What they're saying about the Lee-Halladay deal

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Taking the pulse of the blogosphere on Lee-Halladay:

  • Big League Stew:  “It’s Jack Zduriencik’s world and all other GMs are just living in it.”
  • U.S.S. Mariner: “I just have to say that this is so amazingly awesome, I’m still trying to figure out how on earth this is actually happening.”
  • Crashburn Alley: “GM Ruben Amaro is clearly trying to position the Phillies for future
    success beyond 2010, for which you certainly cannot fault him. However,
    trading Lee and prospect(s) for Halladay and cash is essentially a
    lateral move for 2010, the team’s best shot at winning another World
    Series.”
  • Bluebird Banter: “At the moment it looks like the Jays are going to get Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis D’Arnaud for Doc and $6,000,000 . . . If we get these 3, the Phillies number 2,3 and 4 prospects I’d be
    thrilled and I’d nominate Alex Anthopoulos GM of the year, even if the
    year hasn’t started yet. It would be pretty amazing to get 3 prospects
    like this without having any leverage at all.”
  • Amazin’ Avenue: “The Mets are going to get murdered by the ravenous Bill Madden-led New York
    press for sitting idly by while the Phillies acquire arguably the
    games’ best pitcher. Some Mets fans are going to wave the white flag.”
  • Lookout Landing: “I’m going to go ahead and think about this one for a little while. Good gravy. My hands are shaking in the same way they were back when we trade for Vidro, only this time I think they’re excited.”
  • The Good Phight: “If you want to know what’s wrong with the internet, journalism, and
    sports, here’s exhibit 1 with a bullet.  Jon Heyman, Jayson Stark, Ken
    Rosenthal, Todd Zolecki, Andy Martino, etc. — none of them can look
    like he’s lagging behind the others.  So they report what they’ve heard
    rather than what they’ve found out to be true . . .And we buy it hook, line, and sinker.”

There’s obviously a ton of commentary floating around out there right now, but I think my favorite so far is Was Watching’s take. Leave it to Yankees fans to view a deal that has absolutely nothing to do with their team through pinstriped colored glasses.

Report: Dexter Fowler will take a physical in St. Louis on Friday

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after lining out during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Update (8:27 PM EST): Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals made an “over-the-top offer” to Fowler to ensure he’d sign.

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Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports reports that free agent outfielder will take a physical in St. Louis on Friday. Presumably, that means that Fowler and the Cardinals have gotten pretty far along in negotiations.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports recently reported that Fowler was looking for $18 million per year. The Blue Jays reportedly made an offer to Fowler in the four-year, $16 million range several days ago. The Cardinals’ offer to Fowler, if there is indeed one, is likely somewhere between the two figures.

Fowler, 30, is coming off of a fantastic year in which he helped the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. During the regular season, he hit .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 84 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 551 plate appearances.

Fowler rejected the Cubs’ $17.2 million qualifying offer last month. While the QO compensation negatively affected Fowler’s experience in free agency last offseason — he didn’t sign until late February with the Cubs — his strong season is expected to make QO compensation much less of an issue.

Braves acquire Luke Jackson from the Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 16:  Relief pitcher Luke Jackson #53 of the Texas Rangers  throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on September 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 14-3. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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Tommy Stokke of RanRag Sports reports that the Braves and Rangers agreed to a trade. According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Braves will receive pitcher Luke Jackson from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl.

Jackson, 25, is under team control through 2022. He has logged only 18 innings in the majors, yielding 14 runs on 22 hits and eight walks with three strikeouts. While Jackson has struggled with control, the Braves likely see upside because his fastball sits in the mid- to high-90’s.

Jenkins, 24, is also under team control through 2022. The right-hander made eight starts and six relief appearances in his first major league season in 2016, putting up a 5.88 ERA with a 26/33 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.

Feigl, 25, was an undrafted free agent and was signed by the Braves in 2013. The lefty underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and briefly rehabbed in rookie ball this past season.