- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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 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 Domonic 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, a six-time All-Star and the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, went 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA for the Blue Jays last season.

RED SOX: John Lackey and Boston reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations.

The deal is worth $16 million to $17 million a season, the official said on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.

Boston also reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with outfielder Mike Cameron, according to a person familiar with those negotiations.

ANGELS: Hideki Matsui and Los Angeles reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth about $6.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet final. Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed “serious negotiations” but declined further comment.

CARDINALS: Third baseman David Freese was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the fourth time in less than three years that a member of the team has faced drunken-driving suspicion.

Police in Maryland Heights, Mo., said Monday that Freese was stopped at 2:40 a.m. Saturday in suburban St. Louis for a traffic offense, then given a sobriety test.

BREWERS: Randy Wolf finalized his three-year, $29.75 million contract with Milwaukee, which also agreed to a $2.1 million deal with infielder Craig Counsell.

Wolf, a 33-year-old left-hander, went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 34 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

SEASON OPENER: The New York Yankees will face the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 season opener on April 4, officials announced.

The teams have met only once before in a stand-alone game to open a major league season. That was in 2005 in Yankee Stadium after the Red Sox won the 2004 title.

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