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|Philadelphia Closing in on Halladay; Lackey and Matsui on the Move
|UNDATED (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies are close to acquiring one former Cy Young Award winner and trading another.
The Phillies have a tentative agreement to acquire star pitcher Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The AP the 32-year old Halladay was in Philadelphia Monday for a physical required to complete the deal.
Another person familiar with the deal says the commissioner's office granted a 72-hour window on Sunday for the Blue Jays and Phils to finalize their trade.
One source says Philadelphia could give up pitchers J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton and outfielder Dominic Brown as part of a deal. Those three players also took physicals in Philadelphia Monday.
Halladay is a six-time All-Star and the most prized pitcher on the trade market. The 2003 Cy Young Award winner went 17-and-10 with a 2.79 ERA last season, leading the majors with four shutout and nine complete games.
Philadelphia also is discussing a trade that would send lefty Cliff Lee to the Mariners. Lee was a big reason Philadelphia won its second consecutive NL pennant, going 4-and-0 with a 1.56 ERA and two complete games in five postseason starts. He won the AL Cy Young Award last year.
Another highly-coveted pitcher could be off the market.
A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract. The package is worth between $16 and $17 million a season, according to the official.
Lackey was 11-and-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 27 starts for the Angels last season, two years after earning a career-high 19 wins. He's made just 51 starts the last two seasons.
A person familiar with talks between the Angels and free-agent outfielder Hideki Matsui says the two sides have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. Matsui batted .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs for the New York Yankees last season. He also was the World Series MVP despite starting only three of the six games, going 8 for 13 with three homers and eight RBIs. Matsui tied a Series record by driving in six runs in the clincher.
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