partlycloudy
Friday February 12th, 2016 5:17PM

AP source: Phils have tentative deal for Halladay

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor
The Phillies have a tentative agreement to acquire star pitcher Roy Halladay in a trade with Toronto, and the former Cy Young Award winner was in Philadelphia on Monday for a physical required to complete the deal.

Philadelphia also is discussing a trade that would send Cliff Lee, another former Cy Young winner, to the Seattle Mariners.

The commissioner's office granted a 72-hour window on Sunday for Toronto and Philadelphia to complete their trade, a baseball official familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball didn't make any announcement.

Halladay took a physical on Monday for the NL champion Phillies, another person with knowledge of the situation said, also on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Philadelphia could give up pitchers J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton and outfielder Dominic Brown as part of a deal, the person said. Those three players also took physicals in Philadelphia on Monday.

Halladay's agent, Greg Landry, was registered at a Philadelphia hotel, a sign the sides were working on a contract extension, which likely would be necessary before Halladay waives his right to block a trade.

Lee, who like Halladay is eligible for free agency after next season, could wind up going to Seattle, the baseball official said.

The 32-year-old Halladay is the most prized pitcher on the trade market. A six-time All-Star and the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, the right-hander went 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA for the Blue Jays last season. He led the majors with four shutouts and nine complete games while throwing 239 innings, second to Detroit's Justin Verlander (240).

Halladay would be a huge addition for the aggressive Phillies, who won the 2008 World Series and repeated as NL champs this year, when they lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in six games.

The Phillies are thought to be a preferable fit for Halladay because they hold spring training in Clearwater, Fla., near his offseason home.

Aware they probably couldn't afford to keep Halladay beyond next season, the Blue Jays shopped their ace before the July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies were thought to be involved in talks involving Halladay at that point, but instead they landed Lee from the Cleveland Indians for four minor leaguers.

Lee was a big reason Philadelphia won its second consecutive pennant, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and two complete games in five postseason starts.

The Blue Jays fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi late in the season and replaced him with Alex Anthopoulos. When contacted Monday by the AP, Anthopoulos declined comment.

The Phillies have been busy this offseason, signing free-agent third baseman Placido Polanco to an $18 million, three-year contract. They also signed Brian Schneider to be their backup catcher, and reserve infielder Juan Castro.

Halladay has been one of baseball's best pitchers for years. He owns a 148-76 career record with a 3.43 ERA.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Girls basketball: Chestatee takes McDonald's Shootout title
Chestatee outscored East Hall 13-4 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 48-45 win Wednesday and capture the McDonald's Shootout title.
12:25PM ( 6 years ago )
Hawks fall to Cavs again, Woodson filing protest with league
Anderson Varejao made his first career 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left, a 25th birthday present to teammate LeBron James, to give Cleveland a 106-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers' 11th victory in 12 games.
10:46AM ( 6 years ago )
Boys basketball: Falcons finished sixth at North Gwinnett tourne
Flowery Branch finished sixth in the rugged Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett after falling to Spartanburg (S.C.) 50-37 Wednesday.
8:21AM ( 6 years ago )
Sports
Falcons sign former Ravens kicker Hauschka
The Atlanta Falcons may be forced to make another change at place-kicker for their final game of the season at Tampa Bay.
8:53AM ( 6 years ago )
Ryan hoping Falcons break embarrassing streak
Matt Ryan doesn't consider himself an expert on Atlanta Falcons history. The 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year understands, however, that part of his job description is serving occasionally as a team spokesman.
8:02AM ( 6 years ago )
Thrashers fall to Devils
Zach Parise finally broke out Monday night, getting two goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.
7:52PM ( 6 years ago )
Professional Sports
Basketball: Region semifinal slate tips off today around northeast Georgia (full schedule)
Area regions have -- outside of 8-A -- determined their state tournament participants; starting today those teams will duke it out for seeding and a shot region glory
By AccessWDUN Staff
5:46PM ( 28 minutes from now )
Injured NASCAR star Tony Stewart is out of bed and walking again, entertaining fans while live-streaming himself on a treadmill Friday
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Injured NASCAR star Tony Stewart is out of bed and walking again, entertaining fans while live-streaming from a treadmill Friday.At the same time Stewart was offering detail...
1:44PM ( 3 hours ago )
7-AAA Tournament: Indians, Spartans, Vikings join Banks Co. boys in semifinals
East Hall, West Hall, and Lumpkin County all took wins Thursday in the Region 7-AAA Tournament at the East Hall gym to join Banks County in advancing to the Class AAA boys state tournament...
12:17PM ( 5 hours ago )
7-AAA Tournament: West Hall girls end state tourney drought; East Hall, Banks march on
Anna McKendree was five years old the last time the West Hall girls basketball team reached the state playoffs...
11:49AM ( 5 hours ago )
Wrestling: 31 area grapplers move on to traditional semifinals
Plenty of northeast Georgia's best high school wrestlers still have a chance to claim gold this weekend at the GHSA Traditional Championships in Duluth, as 31 area grapplers battled their way into the semifinal round on Thursday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:22AM ( 5 hours ago )