The Doc Is In: Why Roy Halladay Isn't Going Anywhere

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Lately, trade rumours have swirled in Toronto about Roy Halladay, who has been the face of the franchise since Carlos Delgado left town. It seems like he could end up on any team from what I have read on our own very fine website, but I am here to express my opinion.

Roy Halladay isn't going anywhere. Period.

He is too valuable of an asset to be traded in a standard baseball deal, and it would require an amazing level of MLB-ready prospects for J.P. Ricciardi to pull the trigger. And lets face it—no team, besides the Yankees, would be willing to give up their future for a chance at making the playoffs.

Plus, they won't trade him in division. It's bad enough trying to beat the Rays, Red Sox, and Yanks as it is, but to have to go against your own former star would be even worse.

Also, Halladay has expressed his interest in making the Jays a winner. He has played for the franchise his whole career, and this is the rare occasion where the GM is forcing a stars way out of town.

It doesn't seem like there are any serious talks going on, either. Trades like this always get leaked a couple days before they go through, and I have yet to read any news about a serious offer.

Plus, who is he going to benefit out-of-division that has that amount of prospects? All of those teams are sellers at the deadline this year. Besides New York, who has the enticing offer of Phil Hughes, nothing seems to be a can't-refuse deal.

If Halladay does leave, my money is on him going to the Cubs. They have young talent, and would be willing to give up a starter on their roster. Ted Lilly seems like that guy.

All I know is, if Halladay does get traded this year, it will be for a deal that is one-sided towards to Toronto, but no number of prospects could replace the moments Roy Halladay has given Canada and Toronto Blue Jays fans.

I find it fitting that Roy Halladay won what could be his last game at the Rogers Center in a Blue Jays uniform in a complete game win. It was the usual diagnosis from the Doctor last night, and let's hope he makes more house calls in Toronto.