Admittedly some of the packages being mentioned for Roy Halladay since JP Ricciardi had announced that the Blue Jays would in fact listen potential trades offers have been pretty steep.
But what are we talking about here? Well we are talking about the best pitcher available, and what I would argue is the best pitcher in baseball.
He is 32 years old and the concern seems to be that he is close to 2000 innings pitched in his career.
Luckily Roy has been remarkably healthy, only missing significant time in 2006 due to a pitching related injury.
He was also out in 2005, due to a line drive that broke his leg, and 2007 when he missed only 20 days after having his appendix removed.
So the non-waiver trade deadline, you know the one that matters is coming up and we are hearing two sets of rumors. The first set comes from the fans, which have proposed trading everything for Halladay. I’ve seen deals that include everything from blue chip prospects; current major leaguers, a five-year supply of big league chew, and the kitchen sink on message boards thus far.
After the good doctor stepped up to the microphone during the all-star break the talk about the potential trade kicked into high gear.
Now in typical MLB GM fashion, everyone that could be identified as a potential trade partner came out and screamed… “These prices are OUTRAGEOUS!”
Who might you add?
Can I make a suggestion? Somebody buckles themselves in for the ride and add the best pitcher in baseball to their roster for rest of this season and next?
So let me get this straight you have to part with a bunch of kids you think are going to be really good some day. First and foremost that isn’t what this deal is about, this deal isn’t about teams that are going to be good in five years. This deal about teams that are on the verge of winning now and subsequently trying to find the piece that makes them the favorite to be standing at the end of the post season.
Pitching and Defense wins World Series Championships…sorry for letting the cat out of the bag. I know today’s GM was holding his cards close to the vest, like JP Ricciardi (whom I have personally accused of a lot.) doesn’t know that he has the biggest chip in play.
So I ask why not take the chance. Isn’t this all about winning a World Series after all? What do we value most of all in sports? It’s winning.
So we know that Roy Halladay gives you the best chances to win right now.
The only thing holding major league General Managers back from pulling the trigger on this deal is the amount of young talent you’d have to pony up to pry Doc away from the Blue Jays.
Why isn’t anyone mentioning that Halladay is not only signed through 2009, but 2010 as well? If I am a General Manager making this deal, it puts me in the position to do three things by parting with some of my coveted kids.
First and fore most it puts me in the driver seat and makes me a clear front runner to be fitted for rings that say World Champion.
Second it means you get time to evaluate Halladay and his fit long term, as he seems to have one more contract left in him. If you can get the inside track on signing the best pitcher in the game today, I feel that you’ve done a service to your team far greater than worrying about whether a young starting pitcher will become the next Roy Halladay.
The third part of this deal is that if you don’t win the World Series and can’t get Halladay signed to an extension he doesn’t loose massive amounts of value during the off-season. So as I understand it, unless that GM is a complete goof, he would have the ability to turn that player into several prospects for himself next year at the trade deadline if they are out of contention.
So I guess what I am saying is if you are a great GM. If you think you can win, and believe you have a situation where you can pay and keep the best pitcher in baseball quit hiding behind maybe and probably and go get the real deal. The Boston Red Sox traded the best young short stop in the game to get Josh Beckett. Why because Theo Epstein believed it was worth it. Every time someone reminds Theo of the great player he gave up he must only look at his 2007 World Championship ring to remind him why you have to take a few chances when quality is involved.
We all know you never get roasted for the move you didn’t make.
To all those GM’s looking at his as one of those times, it’s time to start thinking about this as a win-win, where you can give up the kids, and add “The Ace” of your staff. The worst thing that happens is to flip Halladay a year from now and put some blue chip talent back into your farm system.
The best-case scenario is after 162, and three playoff series you’ve put together enough to talent to be called Champions of the World.
Then again…what do I know; I’m just a writer.