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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

December 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Report: One of minor-leaguers in Lee/Halladay three-way trade (not a Mariner) flunked physical

(I was working on an Adrian Gonzalez post when this news broke. I’ll get it done eventually).

UPDATE NOON: You probably know by now, but it’s a done deal, officially announced by the Mariners about half an hour ago. Cliff Lee to the Mariners for Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gillies. And Roy Halladay will be introduced as a Philly at 2 p.m. Seattle time. I don’t know exactly what the story is with the supposed failed physical, but whether true or not, it didn’t kill the deal. Obviously.

UPDATE 10:47 A.M.: I’m hearing that the player who flunked his physical was NOT one of the Mariners’ minor-league trio. That’s N-O-T. And that the deal should still get done, but perhaps not announced until tomorrow.

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tweeted this morning that he’s hearing that one of the players in the deal that’s sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to the Mariners has failed his physical.

Elliott later clarified that it’s a minor-leaguer. Halladay and Lee both passed, he said. And Shi Davidi of Canadian Press just tweeted that Phillippe Aumont — a prime suspect because of prior arm and hip problems — passed, too.

There are six minor-leaguers involved in the reported deal — which has not yet been officially announced. Three are going from Seattle to Philadelphia — pitchers Aumont and Juan Ramirez, and outfielder Tyson Gillies. Also, going from Philadelphia to Toronto are pitcher Kyle Drabek, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Michael Taylor.

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