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December 15, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Deal just about done: Mariners sending three prospects to Philly

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Good morning to all of you. Hope you got some sleep last night. This report out of Philadelphia suggests that the final hurdle to this three-team “companion” trade getting done and Cliff Lee coming to Seattle is just about complete.
That being a physical for Roy Halladay, which was to be taken this morning. If there’s one thing Halladay can do, it’s pass a physical.
The Mariners, as we told you yesterday, will be sending minor league pitchers Phillippe Aumont, and J.C. Ramirez and minor league outfielder Tyson Gilles to the Phillies (hey, that rhymes) for Lee.
Toronto gets pitching prospect Kyle Drabek and outfield prospect Michael Taylor, who will apparently be flipped to the Oakland A’s for Brett Wallace. The Jays also get catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud.
Got all that? I have no idea why Joe Blanton reportedly took a physical. Maybe the Phils wanted to make sure he wasn’t getting any more rotund?
I’m getting ready to rush off to the Chone Figgins press conference. Expect the Mariners to announce Lee tomorrow, giving me a nice way to celebrate my 41st birthday. Seriously, it’s always fun to cover a contender and this is starting to look like exactly that here in Seattle.
By the way, here’s something under the radar to consider. Former Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar was to be having a showcase of sorts down in Venezuela to show teams he’s recovered from two years worth of arm troubles. Escobar has already been cleared to pitch by a doctor and teams are lining up to see him — one of them apparently being the Mariners. We’ll check into this more for you.
This Spanish language story from Venezuela says the Mets have already made Escobar an offer. The Rays are also interested. Escobar was a Cy Young contender in 2007 before arm troubles put him on the shelf. As a fourth starter, the M’s could do a lot worse and really drive that stake into the Angels even further. When healthy, he’s got some of the best stuff in all of baseball. As good or better than Rich Harden, Erik Bedard and Ben Sheets.
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