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.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.