For Phillies' Sake, K. Drabek Had Better Be Good
And so, the Phillies turned away from Roy Halladay and traded for Cliff Lee instead. The price was steep: four prospects, all of them rated among the Phillies' Top 10 by Baseball America before the season.
But one name was conspicuously absent from that quartet: Class AAA RHP Kyle Drabek, considered the jewel of the Phillies' farm system. Given the Toronto Blue Jays' very obvious coveting of Drabek in their talks with the Phillies regarding Halladay, and the Phillies' hesistancy to part with him, it is safe to assume the Phillies chose to downgrade to Lee as a means of holding on to Drabek while still providing a substantial upgrade to their rotation.
Not a bad play. Lee is 15 months younger than Halladay, and considerably cheaper ($8 million club option in 2010, vs. Halladay's $15.75 million guaranteed) -- which means, in terms of actual value (expected wins relative to cost) over the course of the next season and a half, there may not be much difference between Lee and Halladay.
Except for one thing. Come this October (and for that matter, next October as well), when every game is critical and teams with dominant starters tend to go the furthest, who would you rather have on the mound? Put another way, in a potential first-round matchup with the Giants, which duo would you rather send to the mound to face Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain -- Cole Hamels and Halladay, or Hamels and Lee?
That's why Drabek had better be good. For the (apparent) sake of keeping him, the Phillies took the lesser of two pitchers. And if Lee, perish the thought, happens to falter in October, heaven help young Kyle Drabek.
July 29, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
Categories: Blue Jays , Indians , Phillies | Tags: Blue Jays, Cliff Lee, Indians, Kyle Drabek, Phillies, Roy Halladay, roy halladay, trade
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