Thanks, Cliff Lee: It Was Good While it Lasted

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 11:  Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Colorado Rockies in Game Four of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Coors Field on October 12, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Though it isn’t official yet, the Phillies have reportedly traded for Toronto Blue Jays’ ace Roy Halladay.

The only con is that the Phillies likely have traded away ace Cliff Lee in the process. There is still a chance he may not be included in the deal, though it is unlikely.

The deal will certainly be followed with mixed emotions from Phillies fans, especially considering what Lee did for them last year.

Lee was traded to the Phillies on July 29. He was an immediate success in Philadelphia, winning his first five starts. During that span, he had a 0.68 ERA.

During the regular season, he pitched in 12 games. He had a record of 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA. He struck out 74 batters in 79.2 innings.

He also threw three complete games, including one shutout.

During the postseason, Lee pitched in five games and was absolutely flawless. He was 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 2 complete games.

But now, the Cliff Lee era (which last three months), is over. Bring on Roy Halladay!

But thank you Cliff, it was good while it lasted.