Jays are serious about Halladay trade, but it'll take a haul
The Jays are serious about looking for a trade for superstar pitcher
The Jays will want one MLB-ready position player, one top pitching prospect who'll be ready by next year and at least a third top-of-the-line prospect, one competing executive said he heard. Whatever the requirements, the package will have to be huge in terms of talent, everyone agrees.
"On a scale of one to 10, this guy's a 500," one competing executive said.
But while some people are painting the chances for a deal as something of a long shot, the Jays-connected source believes general manager
The talk is real enough that Ricciardi sought and received the go-ahead from Halladay, who has full trade veto power, before saying anything publicly about his intention to cast the net. Halladay told Ricciardi he would be open to the right team and situation, a Jays source said.
The pitcher loves Toronto and being a Blue Jay but is "such an intense competitor'' he would probably welcome a move to a team with a better shot at winning, according to an acquaintance of Halladay's. That person also said Halladay wouldn't necessarily approve every potential trade brought to him, naming Texas -- with its great hitters' park that holds bad memories for Halladay -- as one contending spot Halladay might not OK.
Ricciardi, who said by phone that "we wouldn't be doing our job if we weren't willing to listen,'' didn't get nearly that specific, beyond suggesting that it would take quite a haul to move such a great player. According to Ricciardi, any interested team will have to be "highly motivated,'' code for: Ricciardi had better be overwhelmed.
One early favorite could be the Phillies, who have the wherewithal and need, and also reside in the right league. Plus they possess a decent group of prospects and young players, including outfielders
Philly is a much more intense place than Toronto, but the acquaintance said he thought that Halladay, who hails from Colorado and lives in quiet Dunedin on the West Coast of Florida, wouldn't shy away from big East Coast markets such as Philly, Boston and New York. "He's shy and reserved and doesn't love the limelight, but he might accept for a chance to win,'' that person said.
Ricciardi, who first mentioned that he might "listen'' to offers in a story by
Just about every contending team will check in, and MLB.com suggested that at least 12 already have, identifying the "most serious'' as the Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Brewers, Dodgers, Angels and Red Sox. Whoever gets him, it'll take a haul, as Halladay, 10-2 with a 2.79 ERA, is considered by many to be baseball's top pitcher. In fact, one executive with an interested team didn't hide that opinion Tuesday: "He's the best.''
Though Halladay is to make $14.25 million this year and $15.75 million next, those are seen as very reasonable salaries for him and might not deter many suitors, even in tough times. The bigger questions will be about who has the prospects, and who is willing to part with them. Let the bidding begin.
Here's a closer look at the potential trading partners:
• Mariners people told inquiring teams they would use their difficult trip to Los Angeles, Boston and the Bronx to gauge whether they will buy or sell. And after going 5-4 on that excursion they certainly don't look like a seller yet.
• A Mets person suggested that he sees little hope for a
• Are there any more frequent trading partners than the White Sox and Diamondbacks?
• Diamondbacks people think they aren't getting true value for
• Too bad Braun had to take back his soliloquy about how the Brewers need pitching. After he stated the obvious, Brewers GM
• I don't want to hear how
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