NEW YORK - On a day like no other in baseball history, two Cy Young Award winners in their primes changed teams.
The four-club, nine-player megatrade became official Wednesday, with the Toronto Blue Jays sending 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies, who in turn dealt 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners.
Halladay got a $60 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause, and Toronto paid Philadelphia $6 million as part of the swap. Seven prospects changed hands, with Oakland also part of the mix.
"This is where we wanted to be," Halladay said at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "It was an easy decision for me. Once the opportunity came up for me to be part of this, it was something I couldn't pass up."
Two Cy Young winners had never been traded on the same day. And that wasn't the only big deal.
Boston finalized an $82.5 million, five-year contract for pitcher John Lackey and a $15.5 million, two-year agreement with outfielder Mike Cameron. The Red Sox also must figure out whether the Mike Lowell-to-Texas trade will go through and have been discussing whether to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego, a deal that could send Clay Buchholz and/or Jacoby Ellsbury to the Padres.
"I was always interested in coming here. Winning was definitely my first priority of a team to go to," Lackey said. "I've been knocked out of the playoffs a few times by them. I know I'm going to have a chance to win here, and that means a lot."
World Series MVP Hideki Matsui finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, ending his seven-season run with the New York Yankees.
"This is the beginning of a new journey for me," Matsui said through a translator. "I'd like to do my best in every way I can to bring another world championship to this team."
Also on Wednesday, Milwaukee completed a $7.5 million, two-year contract with reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Detroit agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year deal with infielder Ramon Santiago, who had been eligible for salary arbitration.
The 32-year-old Halladay, who has an offseason home near the Phillies' spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla., is considered by many the top starting pitcher in the major leagues. He was sent to the two-time NL champions for three minor leaguers: catcher Travis d'Arnaud, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor.
Philadelphia dealt Lee to Seattle for three prospects: right-hander Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-hander Juan Ramirez.
Toronto flipped Taylor to the Athletics for minor league third baseman Brett Wallace.