Debating a Red Sox Trade For Roy Halladay

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 7, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 04:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees on July 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays has recently said that he would waive his no trade clause if a trade to a certain few franchises were in order. It's likely that the best team in the American League, the Boston Red Sox, is one of those few teams.

The reasons are as follows:


Reasons For Getting Halladay

Halladay is a Cy Young award winner, who wins 20 games a year, with an ERA hovering around 3.50.

With the way John Smoltz has pitched against two light hitting teams in the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics, he seems to only get worse, and might work better coming out of the bullpen, or maybe down in the minors.

If the Sox want a much better (and younger) pitcher than Smoltz, then Halladay is their man. Halladay would solidify an already extremely solid pitching staff.

If the Red Sox aren't already a World Series contender in someone's eyes, Halladay should quiet that doubter.


Reasons for Not Getting Halladay

Trading for Doc will probably cost the farm. Sox fans can say goodbye to Lars Anderson, Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, and maybe a few more prospects, making the division rival Blue Jays better in the long run.

Also, Halladay is owed a ton of money over the remainder of his contract and the Red Sox already have a lot of players owed ungodly amounts of money. Halladay would only add to that list.

Plus, Halladay's contract runs out after next season, and Halladay will be 34 at that time.

Halladay also might not be used to the large baseball market in Boston, or pitching as the third or fourth man in the rotation—behind Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and maybe Tim Wakefield.


So the reasons are presented there for you. What do you think? Should the Red Sox get Halladay, or not?