The Phillies have acquired 32-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays and 20-year old righty reliever Phillippe Aumont, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Juan Ramirez and 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyson Gillies from the Mariners. The Phillies sent 31-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee to the Mariners and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Drabek, 20-year old righty swinging catcher Travis D’Arnaud and 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Michael Taylor to the Blue Jays. Halladay also signed a 3-year extension with the Phillies valued at $60 million bucks with a option for a 4th year. Halladay pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Blue Jays last season and he was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He won the Cy Young Award in the 2003 season with the Blue Jays. He has pitched in 313 games (287 starts) in his major league career and he is 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Halladay will replace Cliff Lee at the top of the Phillies’ rotation and that is a nice upgrade for the Phillies. Lee pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Lee was also awesome in the post season for the Phillies last season as he started 5 games in which he was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. The Phillies did get three solid prospects back from the Mariners for Lee who wasn’t likely to sign a long term deal with the team. Phillippe Aumont was the Mariners’ #3 rated prospect in the Mariners’ system coming into the 2009 season. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in A+AA ball last season and he was 2-6 with 16 saves, a 3.88 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched two years in the minors working in 59 games (8 starts) in which he was 6-10 with 18 saves, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Aumont has whiffed 109 batters in 106 2/3 innings in the minors while allowing only 91 hits showing that he has pretty nasty stuff. He could develop into a closer down the road for the Phillies. Juan Ramirez was the Mariners’ #5 rated prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. Ramirez pitched in 28 games (27 starts) in A-ball last season and he was 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He 82 games (77 starts) in his four years in the minors, Ramirez is 22-27 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has allowed only 369 hits in 406 2/3 innings in his career in the minors but he has problems throwing strikes with 169 walks. Tyson Gillies played in 124 games in A-ball last season and he was 170 for 498 (.341 avg, .916 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 9 homers, 42 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Gilles has now played in 235 games in his three years in the minors and he is 261 for 814 (.321 avg, .866 OPS) with 167 runs scored, 11 homers, 73 RBIs and 80 stolen bases. The Phillies did trade good prospects to the Blue Jays but they also got a nice haul from the Mariners for Lee to make up for it. Kyle Drabek was the Phillies’ #5 prospect heading into 2009 according to Baseball America. He pitched in 25 games (23 starts) in A+AA last season and he was 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Michael Taylor played in 116 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 137 for 428 (.320 avg, .944 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 20 homers, 84 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Travis D’Arnaud was the Phillies #7 rated prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. He played in 126 games in A-ball last season and he was 123 for 482 (.255 avg, .738 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 13 homers, 71 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. I like this trade for the Phillies as Halladay is a improvement over Lee and they recouped the prospects they traded to the Blue Jays with the ones they received from the Mariners.