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I thought the whole "What if the Phillies had kept Roy Halladay(notes) and Cliff Lee(notes)?" debate had died sometime over the winter, but it resurrected itself when Curt Schilling(notes) involuntarily weighed in on it last week.

Now the issue has even longer legs because Jimmy Rollins(notes) entered the discussion during an appearance on Dan Patrick's Radio Show on Wednesday.  

Here's what Rollins said when asked why the Phillies didn't keep the two aces to highlight the top of their rotation:

"I have no idea. I'm sure we could afford him. We turned nearly 4 million people through the turnstiles last year. I don't know. You should have [Phillies GM] Ruben (Amaro) on here. ... When the trade happened, I actually got a text from Jayson Werth(notes) and he was like, ‘What are we doing?' And I was like, ‘Didn't we get Halladay?' And he was like, ‘Yeah, but we traded Lee.' And my mouth dropped like, ‘That wasn't part of the deal.'

"I really don't know. I thought we had enough to keep him. I thought we could have done enough to keep him. I guess that's just a move the Yankees do. ... That's just the truth. The Yankees would have been like, ‘Hey, we got a chance to keep both of them. We'll pay them both for a year or two and we got a chance to win a championship.' "

The above transcript is from the great Sports Radio Interviews. The audio can be found here.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays in Philadelphia. Athletes usually just talk about playing the hand they've been dealt and soldier on with whatever teammates they have, but Rollins' voice did carry a certain sense of either bewilderment or disappointment — I can't tell which, though maybe it was both.

Either way, I think it's safe to say that as long as Lee gets and stays healthy with the Mariners, this will be a "what if" question that will last for quite some time.

And only a Phillies world championship will make it completely go away.

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