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Report: Roy Halladay heading to Phillies in three-team trade

December 14, 2009 |  2:09 pm

Roy It appears the offseason's most-coveted pitcher is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to, Toronto all-star Roy Halladay is heading to the Phillies in a three-team trade that probably will send Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. Sources tell the website that Halladay will agree to a contract extension that will be finalized over the next few days. Halladay becomes a free agent after the 2010 season.

Philadelphia will be giving up prospects to Toronto to acquire Halladay. The Phillies are also expected to receive prospects from Seattle in exchange for Lee. None of the prospects involved in the reported deal have been named.

The Phillies attempted to acquire Halladay last July before the trading deadline, but ending up trading for Lee.

Several teams have been pursuing Halladay, including the Angels. Multiple sources reported today that Angels free-agent starter John Lackey is finalizing a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Roy Halladay. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press