- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The blockbuster trade sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to Seattle could be completed Wednesday. On Tuesday, it became a four-team swap that involves Oakland.

The Blue Jays would send Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for three minor leaguers: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor.

Philadelphia would deal Lee to the Mariners for a trio of prospects: right-hander Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-hander Juan Ramirez.

Toronto would then trade Taylor to the Athletics for third baseman Brett Wallace, one of the players obtained from St. Louis in July for outfielder Matt Holliday.

Halladay would receive a three-year, $60 million contract extension through 2013 with the Phillies, a deal that would include a 2014 option.

Details of the nine players involved in the swap of Cy Young Award winners, first reported by ESPN.com, were confirmed by several baseball officials familiar with the talks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade was not final.

WHITE SOX: Chicago got the leadoff man and left fielder it needed. Juan Pierre got the chance to be an everyday player again.

The White Sox acquired Pierre and $10.5 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named.

They already have a good team in place, Pierre said. They’ve been accustomed to winning over the last four or five years. I’m looking forward to getting out there on the field on a regular basis.

Pierre, 32, hit .308 with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers last year, getting steady playing time when Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy.

DODGERS: An ownership dispute between owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife will linger through at least a third of the 2010 season after a judge set a hearing for late May.

McCourt, mired in a bitter divorce with wife Jamie, had wanted the ownership issue decided by spring training.

The case has been cited as a distraction for the storied franchise at a time when the free agent market is heating up. The hearing was cordial but contentious, with both sides lobbing accusations in legal and baseball parlance.

RANGERS: Owner Tom Hicks will enter into an exclusive negotiation for the sale of the team to a group that is headed by Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg and includes team president Nolan Ryan.

Hicks Sports Group said that Greenberg’s group primarily consists of Dallas-Fort Worth investors, including the family of Hicks, who would maintain a stake in the ownership of the team under the proposal. Ryan would remain president of the team.

Greenberg’s group and Hicks will work over the next 30 days to complete the transaction. It then will be forwarded to the commissioner’s office and require approval by 75 percent or more of all owners.

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