Apparently, the Roy Halladay sweepstakes has begun with the Texas Rangers mentioned as possible suitors.
While there are many roadblocks to a possible deal to bring Halladay to Arlington, a deal can be done that makes sense for both the Rangers and the Blue Jays. This could all be for not as well if Halladay rejects a deal.
At the outset, the Blue Jays have to know they won’t be able to get super-prospects Derek Holland or Neftali Feliz. These two electric arms are untouchable in every sense of the word. A John Danks type trade mistake will not happen again under Jon Daniels watch.
According to current reports and speculation, the Blue Jays want premium bats in return for Halladay—at shortstop in particular.
While the Rangers are quite happy with their recently promoted top prospect at short, they do not have a premium shortstop prospect to dangle to the Blue Jays.
However, the Rangers can do better than a premium shortstop, without giving up Holland or Feliz.
A package built around Chris Davis and Max Ramirez would give the Blue Jays two premium bats, yes Davis is still a premium bat working things out at AAA Oklahoma City.
Chris Davis could move back to his original position at third base, giving the Blue Jays their replacement for Scott Rolen when his contract expires after 2010. Max Ramirez would replace the veteran Rod Barajas at catcher.
After Davis and Ramirez, the Rangers can toss in a couple of pitchers, or even an outfield bat. The Blue Jays could choose between outfielders Engel Beltre or Brandon Boggs and pitchers Kasey Kiker or Michael Main.
This sends two premium bats in Davis and Ramirez, a quality bat in either Boggs or Beltre and a stud pitcher in either Kiker or Main. I would imagine the Blue Jays would choose the hard throwing lefty Kasey Kiker.
The Rangers would then absorb all of Halladay’s salary for the rest of 2009 and 2010. The Rangers will be shedding $25 million in payroll after this season and have only Michael Young and Ian Kinsler signed for 2011.
With that much flexibility, and a young inexpensive roster, the Rangers could afford to make Halladay the ace of the Rangers staff for another two or three seasons after 2011.
Most pundits doubt Roy Halladay would approve a trade to Texas because of the heat and the ballpark, but with the Rangers a team on the rise and appearing to be a viable contender for the next few seasons, Halladay may approve the deal.
After all, he goes to a contending team that is still young and growing as the Blue Jays get younger in their lineup and acquire some pitching as well.
Could be a win/win situation for all parties.