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Phillies trade for Cliff Lee; One less team in for Roy Halladay

The Philadelphia Phillies traded for pitcher Cliff Lee from the Indians today:

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?