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Philly could (and should) have kept Cliff Lee


I read this on ESPN and gave me a chill throughout my spine:

"With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight -- that the Phillies could have done differently while holding their payroll at the same level as it will be with Blanton in the fold -- is to have worked out a trade of Blanton, rather than Lee. And there would have been takers. Some officials with other teams say that while they would not have been willing to surrender a top prospect for Blanton, they would have been interested in acquiring the durable innings-eater who will make something in the range of $8.8 million, with a one-year obligation, this in a winter in which the Rich Hardens and Jason Marquis' and Joel Pineiros are getting about $7.5 million to $8 million a year. The Phillies could have probably gotten a Grade B prospect for Blanton. They could've traded Blanton for a prospect, kept Lee and, at the very least, gotten two draft picks in compensation if/when he walked away after the 2010 season. They could have easily replicated the package of prospects they got in return from the Mariners for Lee. The Phillies' choice, at its heart, came down to this: They preferred to add Aumont, a very talented and unproven reliever, over having an overpowering rotation of Halladay, Lee and Hamels for 2010." From Buster Olney Even though

I am confident in our team this year but the Phillies are a scary team and the thought that they could have had Halladay, Lee and Hamels just keep me up awake at night. Thought I share :)

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