The Philadelphia Phillies seriously bolstered their chances of repeating as World Series champions by outbidding several teams for reigning American League Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee(notes) of the Cleveland Indians, according to baseball sources.
The Phillies also received left fielder Ben Francisco(notes), and in return, the Indians netted a strong group of prospects: Class A right-handed pitcher Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco(notes), shortstop Jason Donald(notes) and catcher Lou Marson(notes).
It's not huge news for Red Sox fans, but it does mean one less team is in the race for Blue Jays' ace Roy Halladay. If the Sox are serious contenders for Halladay, then the chance they land the All-Star is quite good with the Phillies out of the picture now. There aren't too many teams out there that can now compete with the Red Sox when it comes to dealing minor league talent.
So where does this leave the Red Sox?
Where does the Cliff Lee trade leave the Red Sox?
As the No. 1 suitor for Roy Halladay (243 votes)
In contention for Halladay, but still not at the top (117 votes)
The Red Sox aren't getting Halladay, with or without the Lee trade (381 votes)
741 total votes