I think I would feel better about losing Lee if everything I heard about there being no chance he would resign with the Phils were true. What the Phils are saying, take it for what its worth, is that it was a baseball decision and they only traded Lee because they gave up 7 of their top 10 prospects. Lee's words after the jump.
“My initial reaction was shock and disbelief. Initially, I was disappointed because making it to the World Series was a lot of fun, and I was looking forward to making a third run at it.
At first I didn’t believe it, because I thought that we were working out an extension with the Phillies and I thought that I was going to spend the rest of my career there…This goes to show this is a business, and you never know what’s going to happen until you have a full no-trade clause.”
Why do you think it an extension didn’t work out?
“There was not enough dialogue. (Also) They had an opportunity to get the best pitcher in baseball, and I can’t blame them for choosing Roy Halladay over me…I was under the impression they would keep me for a long time.
I’m going to be as positive as I can, and go over there and try to make it to the World Series with those guys…it’s a new chapter. I’ve got to go to the Mariners and make the best of it. I’m going to go in with an open mind and do everything I can.” (martino)
These prospects the Phillies got in return for Lee may very well turn out to be good players but the Phils could have received 2 first round picks if Lee walked in 2010. Drafting above slot this summer could also have helped quickly replenish the system. Players want to come to Philly - high school and college kids will to. Damn - how good would a Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Blanton-Happ rotation have looked.
I'll stop bitching about losing Lee soon enough but not quite yet.
Here are the before and after top 10's
Top 10 Before Top 10 After
1. Domonic Brown, of 1. Domonic Brown, of
2. Kyle Drabek, rhp* 2. Trevor May, rhp
3. Michael Taylor, of* 3. Anthony Gose, of
4. Travis D'Arnaud, c* 4. Sebastian Valle, c
5. Trevor May, rhp 5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp**
6. Anthony Gose, of 6. Jarred Cosart, rhp
7. Sebastian Valle, c 7. Antonio Bastardo, lhp
8. Jarred Cosart, rhp 8. Tyson Gillies, of**
9. Antonio Bastardo, lhp 9. Domingo Santana, of
10. Domingo Santana, of 10. Scott Mathieson, rhp