Foxsports.com is reporting the Phillies have reached an agreement to aquire Indians pitcher Cliff Lee. pending the review of medical records.
According to sources he Phillies will get Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco from the Indians for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.
Wow, that’s a pretty good deal for the Phillies, who didn’t have to part with either current pitcher J.A. Happ or prized pitching prospect Kyle Drabek.
This is bad news for the Dodgers, who have now seen two potential playoff opponents get considerably better in the last week. First the Cardinals get Matt Holliday, and now the Phillies add a former Cy Young Award winner to the top of their rotation.
As I said earlier, though, the Dodgers simply don’t have the minor league prospects right now to put together a serious package, and since they are unwilling to include either Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kershaw in any deal, they have to lower their sights, or not make any deal at all.