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.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.

Dodgers can clinch NL West on Friday

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The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins on Friday will result in clinching the division.

Of course, the Dodgers winning and the Diamondbacks losing hasn’t exactly been a sure thing lately. The D-Backs rattled off a 13-game winning streak from August 24 through September 6. The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row from September 2-11 and were on a four-game slide before Thursday’s win.

The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to start opposite Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks have Zack Greinke opposing Adam Conley.