Poor reference I know, but the current Hot Stove thread is rather big at this very moment, so I took the liberty of making one if that's all well and fun:
I can comprehend this trade from the Jays side and especially the Mariners side, but why would Philadelphia do this? I understand that Lee was a lefty, and due to their LHP talent in the rotation, he was expendable, and the fact that Hamels was bound to rebound. However, that guy basically carried that rotation on his back going 4-0 with a bit over 1.5 ERA. It's baffling to me, especially that they give up the deal-breaker of the last trade deadline for swapping pitchers! There's also the argument that Lee will sign elsewhere after a year while Halladay is there for 3 or 4 more years. They gave Halladay 20 million a year. Are you telling me that Lee would shy away from that?
The Jays grab prospects, namely Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor(Taylor is being flipped for our beloved Brett Wallace), which is building for the future, and the Mariners give up a group of prospects that aren't really that pressing. They didn't even have to give up Morrow or Saunders! Amazing trade for the Mariners, despite the fact that they need offense more than they need pitching (Lead the AL in ERA as a staff). I know that Halladay didn't gain the greatest support here, Carpenter and Wainwright made sure of that, but still, he was a considerable option for the Cardinals at the deadline, and deserves some mention.
Red Sox spend about 100 million-Sign John Lackey and Mike Cameron
5/85 seems like a bit much for Lackey, but that's still a hell of a rotation. There was also some support for him. Cameron also was signed for 2/15.5. Not a bad deal by any means, but this likely spells the end of Bay in Boston, which would move or so make Matt Holliday signing with us more likely yeah? If I were the Yankees, I would be a little bit frightened at their most hated neighbors.
Well, I know there's tons of things going on right now, and I am sure that Matt Holliday chatter is very wanted right now, so let her rip :).