This has been the hottest day so far for baseball's hot stove.
According to multiple sources, the Toronto Blue Jays are close to trading former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay to theÂ Philadelphia Phillies in a three-way deal that wouldÂ send Phillies ace Cliff Lee toÂ the Seattle Mariners.
Toronto would receiveÂ Phillippe Aumont, one of Seattle's premier pitching prospects, as well as Phillies catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud and an additional Philadelphia prospect. The sources say that the final prospect has not been agreed upon by both sides, but the two names that are floating around are outfielders Domonic Brown and Michael Taylor, both highly regarded prospects.
Seattle would send two prospects to Philadelphia as part of the deal for Lee, however those prospects have not yet been identified.
Halladay would also sign a three-year extension with Philadelphia in the neighborhood of $60 million.
Halladay, who has been the talk of countless trade rumors over the past couple of seasons, went 17-10 this past season with a 2.79 ERA. He held opponents to a .256 average and had nine complete games.
Lee, the 2008 Cy Young Award winner who was traded to Philadelphia from Cleveland prior to the trading deadline, went 7-4 with three complete games and a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts with the Phillies this past season. In five postseason starts, Lee went 4-0 with two complete games and a 1.56 ERA.
Earlier in the day, sources told ESPN that the Boston Red Sox had reached a tentative agreement with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim free agent pitcher John Lackey. It is reported that the deal is for five years and approximately $85 million. Lackey reportedly had a physical in Boston on Monday, stirring the rumors of an impending deal.
The 31-year-old Lackey is coming off a season in which he started 27 games for the Angels, going 11-8 with a 3.83 ERA. He struck out 139 batters in 176.1 innings. In three starts during this past postseason, Lackey went 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA.