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12/16/2009 2:55 PM ET
Phillies Trade Lee to Seattle
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The Phillies traded left-hander Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-handers Phillipe Aumont and Juan Ramirez, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

"It's never easy trading a player of Cliff's caliber, but we felt it was the right move to make at this time," said Amaro. "We've acquired three players that we think have big upsides and will strengthen our player development system."

Gillies, 21, spent the 2009 season with single-A High Desert where he hit .341 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 124 games. He batted leadoff all season and led the California League in stolen bases, finished second in runs (104) and on-base percentage (.430), tied for second in hits (170) and third in batting average. Gillies had an 18-game hitting streak during the 2009 season, which included nine straight multi-hit games.

Aumont, 20, went 2-6 with 16 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 44 combined games between single-A High Desert and double-A West Tennessee last season. He pitched for Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and pitched a scoreless inning of relief after loading the bases with nobody out. A first-round selection (11th overall) by Seattle in the 2007 draft, Aumont is 6-10 with 18 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 59 minor league games (eight starts). He has 109 strikeouts in 106.2 innings (9.2 SO/9.0 IP).

Ramirez, 21, was 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA and one complete game in 28 games (27 starts) for High Desert in 2009. A native of Nicaragua, he was signed by the Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2005 and is 22-27 with a 4.12 ERA in 82 games (77 starts) during his professional career.

Lee was acquired by the Phillies from the Cleveland Indians on July 29, along with outfielder Ben Francisco, in exchange for four minor league players and went 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts for the club. In the 2009 playoffs, the 31-year-old went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts.

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