The Phillies remain nearly everyone's favorite to land star Blue Jays pitcher
If Philly agrees to surrender Drabek, one competing executive said, "they might get [Halladay] real quick.''
But two more competing execs warned that they believe the Phillies would have to include Drabek -- a dynamic talent who impressed in the Futures Game -- to have any chance to land Halladay. If they're going to trade Halladay, "they've got to get the Phillies' best prospect,'' one American League exec insisted.
Beyond that, a package of Taylor (recently promoted to Triple A in what looks like an obvious showcase), Donald and Carrasco is, according to another AL executive, woefully short. Plus, other baseball people seem to view outfielder
As a team with the publicly stated desire for a front-of-the-rotation starter, the wherewithal to acquire a star and a decent batch of prospects, the Phillies still appear to be the most logical landing spot, especially after Halladay himself talked about the National League in his remarks at the All-Star Game. Though some still question whether longtime club president
The Giants, who already have
The Yankees and Red Sox were both informed early the Jays would look elsewhere first, and the Jays have stuck to that by not yet following up on an original call with the Yankees. For the first time, Ricciardi explained his stance on dealing the superstar inside the division. "We're not averse to doing it,'' Ricciardi said by phone. "[But] it's something that would obviously have to be a good return back.''
The Yankees understand they'd have to surrender one of two top young pitchers,
The Giants are an intriguing entry. Their first priority has to be their sagging offensive production. Although they've shown past interest in Jays outfielder
Additionally, there is no evidence the Jays are trying to attach
Ricciardi declined to mention teams or prospects being discussed, saying, "A lot of teams have serious interest. We're just trying to weigh things.'' Ricciardi on Sunday pegged the chances for a deal at "50-50,'' which seems to be a slight upgrade over where things stood when the process began nearly two weeks ago. Executives around the league believe Halladay's comments suggesting he is intrigued to go elsewhere tilt the scales slightly toward a trade. And Ricciardi made clear they're putting as lot of work into this. "We've got scouts all over the place, '' he said.
Ricciardi also said they hadn't exchanged names yet with a number of teams and he'd have a much better idea where things stood later in the week. The Jays' GM also didn't rule out keeping Halladay, mentioning how they have had five rookies start and win games this year, and how
But if they make the right deal, they may have a chance to be even better in subsequent seasons.
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• The Dodgers say
• Two of the Branch Rickey Award nominees are no longer with the teams that nominated them,
• It would have been nice if longtime running mate Glavine could have made the ceremony to retire Greg Maddux's No. 31 in Atlanta. The Braves didn't handle Glavine's situation right, but for the sake of the fans, it would be nice if Glavine eventually could get over this issue.
• The Tigers, incidentally, look like they could use a hitter more than a pitcher, after being swept by the Yankees.
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