It's Done! Phils Get Lee, Francisco in deal
Carlos Carrasco (Photo: Philly Baseball News)
Carlos Carrasco (Photo: Philly Baseball News)

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Forget Roy Halladay. The Phillies turned their attention to Cleveland's Cliff Lee and have wrapped up a deal to add Lee to their rotation. The trade also brings a right-handed bat to the Phillies bench.

Ruben Amaro Jr. may have found a better solution than acquiring Roy Halladay. Cleveland's Cliff Lee is headed to the Phillies for a package of young prospects headed by pitcher Jason Knapp.

The deal with Cleveland costs the Phillies considerably less in terms of both prospects and money. Rather than having to give up Kyle Drabek and/or J.A. Happ, the Phillies have traded Knapp, pitcher Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson to Cleveland.

Ironically, Carrasco, Donald and Marson are all on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, who were playing an early day game on Wednesday when news of the deal broke. Marson was given the day off after catching Tuesday night's game and Donald is also being eased back into action after rehabbing from knee surgery.

The first real hint that something was happening was when Carrasco, who was supposed to start the game, which was ironically against Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate, Columbus - and was a late scratch for no apparent reason.

Cleveland had dispatched three scouts to Lehigh Valley to take a look at the players that they are interested in acquiring.

It's very possible that since the Phillies won't have to give up any of their elite pitching prospects - Drabek or Happ - they could conceivably look for another deal, potentially for a closer.

Baltimore is shopping closer George Sherrill and the Phillies among other clubs are interested in obtaining Sherrill. There is no guarantee that the Phillies would be interested in giving up more prospects to make a second significant deal.

Somewhat lost in the shuffle is the fact that the Phillies also get right-handed hitting outfielder Ben Francisco from Cleveland. The Phillies have been looking for a right-handed bat to add to their bench and Francisco fits the bill perfectly.

The deal will likely be announced as official following the Lehigh Valley IronPigs afternoon game against Columbus. It's conceivable the Carrasco could actually start against Lehigh Valley in one of the two remaining games of the series.

The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals and each team reviewing the player's medical records.

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