Phillies, Mariners make big deals
July 30, 2009
ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA
Cliff Lee is more than just a consolation prize. The Philadelphia Phillies didn't get Roy Halladay, instead acquiring the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner from Cleveland on Wednesday. Looking to bolster their so-so rotation, the NL East leaders sent four minor- league prospects to the Indians for Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco. The Phillies strongly pursued Halladay, but quickly struck a deal to land Lee once they deemed Toronto's asking price for the six-time All-Star was too high. "One of our goals was to acquire a top-of-the-rotation guy, someb...