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A flurry of moves in baseball

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 14, 2009 03:24 PM

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As the Red Sox work to complete a deal with John Lackey, Roy Halladay is reportedly in Philadelphia discussing a contract extension and may be in the final stages of being traded from the Blue Jays to the Phillies.

The three-team deal could include Cliff Lee heading to the Mariners. Halladay would be pleased to land in Philadelphia for two reasons:

1. He would dominate the National League.

2. He lives close to Dunedin, Fla., only a few minutes from where the Phillies conduct spring training.

Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui is said to be close to a deal with the Angels for one year and $6.5 million to replace Vladimir Guerrero as the DH.

As more deals come down, teams will want to act fast. The Red Sox could move on a left fielder (Mike Cameron?) or a third baseman rapidly.

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