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From Day One of the Roy Halladay sweepstakes, headlines all over the web claim that the defending World Series Champions have the edge on acquiring The Doc.
Although there may be some substance to this, it most definitely isn't as cut and dry as some baseball analysts are making it out to be. If it was as easy as they say, Halladay would be a Phillie already.
With the Phillies running away with the NL East, writers across North America sincerely believe that they don't need Roy Halladay at this point in time.
Those type of statements, however, are absolutely ludicrous. Philadelphia management realizes that the acquisition of Roy Halladay could bring the team championships for the next two-plus years, as long as Doc is under contract.
No matter what team you are, if you can sell the farm and know you will have a great chance at winning a World Series this year and next, then it is no question that you do the deal.
With all that said, lets look at the players that would have to be going north of the border in order to complete a deal.
The star pitcher of the Phillies' farm system, Drabek would have to be a part of any deal involved with Roy Halladay. After undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2008, Kyle has returned to minor league baseball and put up impressive numbers in both Single and Double A: 9-2 with an ERA of 2.83 and 111 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched.
His arsenal features a good fastball and a hard curve, and at the age 21, he can be future ace for the Toronto Blue Jays for years to come.
Marson is the Phillies top catching prospect and probably a player they would prefer to hold onto.
With their current MLB catching situation a bit weak, Marson may be back in the majors with the big club sooner rather then later.
In AAA this year, Marson continues to hit over .300 and has produced an outstanding On-Base Percentage of .384. The acquisition of Marson for the Jays may mean the converting of current future catcher JP Arencibia to DH or 1B.
Taylor is a budding star in the Phillies minor league system and has all the potential to be a Five Tool Player in the big leagues.
He is an outfielder who has just been promoted to Triple A after hitting .333 with 15 home runs and 65 runs batted in with Philadelphia's Double A affiliate. Taylor would be the position player gem of any trade involving the Phillies, and could see time in the majors as soon as a deal could be reached.
I would expect to see another prospect thrown into the deal, but if these three were included, the Blue Jays would be receiving good value for their ace. All of these prospects are very young and are close to being MLB ready.
If you're wondering why I didn't include 2009 pitching sensation JA Happ, it is simply because I don't believe his success will continue in the big leagues, never mind the AL East. He has never put up dominating numbers in the minors and at the age of 26 (going on 27), he seems to be one of those guys whose value may be at its highest right now. I could be wrong here, but I see Happ hitting a wall very soon.
Possibility of a deal like this getting done with the Phillies: 8/10