Red Sox Front Runners in Aquiring Halladay?

David O'BrienCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 04:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays removes his hat 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)

Right now three teams have the best shot at acquiring Roy Halladay. The Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees are the front runners.

The Red Sox may have the best chance at getting Halladay.

Although I don't believe the Blue Jays will give up Halladay to any team in the American League East.

If the Red Sox want Halladay they can very well get him.

The Sox have plenty of solid prospects they can give up although Theo Epstein utilizes prospects such as Buchholz and Manny Delcarmen, Lars Anderson, Michael Bowden very well.

Do the Red Sox need Halladay? No. The problem here is the Sox must get involved in this if the Yankees are interested in him.

If the Yankees put up an offer for him, the Sox must counter that offer because it could mean the difference of getting to the World Series.

Also John Smoltz made his first start against the Nationals and could not control his pitches.

His next loss came to the A's where he gave up 5 Earned Runs.

Granted, He had not pitched in a Major League game in about a year before those starts and he needs more time.

If Smoltz continues to have so-so outings then the Red Sox may want to acquire Halladay and put Smoltz in the Pen instead.

The Red Sox pitching staff is already very solid and Halladay would make them only stronger.

The Red Sox will have to pay a high price for Halladay and Theo does not like to give up young prospects very often.

The Boston Red Sox have not given up any huge prospects since Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Marlins who is on his way to becoming one of the best players in baseball.

This scenario may seem a bit unlikely, even I contemplated it myself but it is not impossible.