Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Phillies, acquire Cliff Lee, Ben Francisco from Tribe

The Phillies and Indians have agreed on a deal that would bring reigning American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to Philadelphia for four prospects: Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson and Jason Knapp.

Carrasco was scratched from his Triple-A start earlier today, and Donald and Marson were held out of the lineup. According to Ken Rosenthal, the deal is pending a review of medical records.

This is an outstanding trade for the Phillies. Lee is not as dominant as Roy Halladay, but he's an excellent pitcher. Francisco fills a season long void as a right handed hitter off the bench. Equally as important, the Phillies managed to keep Kyle Drabeck and J.A. Happ in the organization, a move that will not only pay dividends this season but in the future as well.

Lee was scheduled to start for the Tribe on Saturday, and could make his Phillies' debut this weekend in San Francisco.

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