Why the Halladay deal will get done, plus more trade discussions
Despite the self-imposed Blue Jays deadline of Tuesday, plus semi-regular predictions from Jays GM
These execs still can't see the Jays taking it all the way to this point, only to do nothing in the end. And they don't necessarily see the Phillies getting folks' hope up there, and them doing nothing, either. (Though if the Phillies don't get Halladay,
If there are hurt feelings between the teams as they compete for the better end of the deal, execs with other teams see them both getting past it to work something out. So much work has been done, so many plans made. And as for Halladay, he may already have his bags packed, at least in a figurative sense.
"There's no putting the genie back in the bottle," one competing GM said.
There's pressure on the Jays, as Rogers Communications recently announced they were cost-cutting. And there's pressure on Philly, which badly wants to repeat as World Series winners. Word is that Phillies executive
Ricciardi seems to be quoted every other day saying a Halladay trade is "unlikely," or words to that effect. Yet, he hasn't said he's sticking to his original self-imposed Tuesday deadline. And talks appear to continue.
The Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, Brewers, Dodgers, Cardinals, Rays and Yankees are among teams to have inquired about Halladay. But most of those teams appear to be all but out of it now, including the Dodgers, Cardinals, Rays and Yankees. The Red Sox kept themselves in the mix by offering top pitching prospect
Generally speaking, the recent reported offers seem to be getting close to reasonable. That's another reason a deal seems pretty likely.
Plus, Halladay's value will never be higher. He is the perfect pickup in that an acquiring team will have him for two cracks at a title but not be obligated to give him an extension. Halladay deserves credit for not making this about the money.
An impasse halted talks over the weekend with Philly, but competing execs still believe a compromise will be struck between the Jays' asking price of pitchers
How about Drabek and Happ alone? Or Happ, Donald, Carrasco and Brown?
The Jays didn't make their deadline. But they are telling some teams that they want to focus on the Halladay situation before considering trades for their coveted relievers, including
The Orioles' portly closer
The Diamondbacks appear to be leaning toward keeping
He is available, though just barely.
The Padres are telling teams they will need to fill "multiple needs" if they deal Bell. Their needs, as identified by one competing exec, are corner bat, starter, catcher and middle infielder.
While the Red Sox are talking about Halladay and Lee, their focus remains offense. They've talked to the Indians about a deal for both
The Indians are in an awkward position of waiting on Halladay to see what to do with Lee. The Phillies, who match up well with Cleveland as well as Toronto, see Lee as their main fallback option. But if they get Halladay, there will be no Lee for them.
The Yankees bowed out of the Lee talks after
The Indians are working hard on both Lee and Martinez, who's coveted by the Rays as well as the Red Sox. While the Indians may have to wait, the chances for deals for their two stars seems to be rising.
The Giants are aggressively pursuing Pirates second baseman
The acquisition of
The Giants took Garko for well-regarded left-handed pitching prospect
The Angels and Twins also have been mentioned as Freddy Sanchez suitors, but the Giants look like the favorites.
Minaya needs to stick to a script, or at the very least, some serious talking points. He can't go off onto a tangent and question the ethics of the writer who wrote stories the Mets ultimately agreed were true. He looked spiteful and not very professional.
Wilpon also said he reached out to Rubin to apologize, and that Minaya would do that same, assuming Rubin is willing to take his call. Wilpon said he saw nothing wrong with Rubin seeking job advice from him and at least one other Mets official (
Wilpon basically backed Rubin. Journalistically, Rubin's request for job advice is pretty questionable coming from a team's beat writer. It's just hard to imagine him asking Bernazard for help, then writing the series of stories that later led to Bernazard's firing.
But there's no evidence that Rubin "lobbied" Mets executives for a job, as Minaya said, or even that he ever sought a job as an executive in the organization. And Rubin's stories were accurate enough to have expedited Bernazard's firing, at the least.
Minaya was obviously annoyed to have to fire his friend, who is also a very talented baseball man, and he lashed out at Rubin in anger. It did seem at least curious that Rubin and the
Beyond that, if you're going to accuse someone of having an ulterior motive, have the facts and be precise. But why accuse a beat writer who got it right? And why, after supposedly firing Bernazard for bullying tactics, would Minaya bully the beat writer?
According to friends, Minaya immediately recognized that he erred in calling out Rubin, although his first apology in which he only he said he picked the wrong forum was woefully short. Minaya was said to be "visibly shaken" Tuesday, but ready to do a better apology Wednesday.
Minaya might also apologize to the Wilpons while he's at it for creating a mess out of what should have been a simple firing.
• Maybe Minaya wasn't kidding about the Mets being buyers. The Mets held a scout conference call Tuesday and discussed the need for a left-handed reliever.
• The Dodgers look like the most likely landing spot for Sherrill.
• Tampa Bay will consider anything, and one competing GM swears it briefly dangled outfielder
• Some acted stunned
• Buttoned-down, by-the-book
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