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Pursuing Halladay a Bad Idea For The Yankees

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
John HugarContributor IIIJuly 22, 2009

The New York Yankees have been the best team in the MLB lately. With a record of 19-5 in their last 24 games, they went from barely hanging onto the wild card to the best record in AL. It's easy to look at this, and think the Yankees might end their 9-year drought and bring home their 27th title. Unfortuantely, there's been one problem plaguing this team, an inability to beat the elite teams in the AL. They're 0-8 against the Red Sox, and they've struggled against the Angels and Rangers. This has lead many to believe the smartest move the Bombers could make would be to pursue Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay. On paper, this might appear to be a good move. After all, there is a big question mark in Yankees rotation, and while Sergio Mitre wasn't awful tuesday night he didn't exactly play like a reliable 5th starter. That being said, pursuing Halladay would be far too reckless a move for the Yankees to make. They have one of the strongest offsenses in baseball. Why break it up to add one more arm to an already impressive rotation? It's just irresponsible.

More importantly, pursuing Halladay would be the rare occassion where I honestly think the Yankees would be being just a little too greedy. Yeah, I know it's the Yankees we're talking about. They're no stranger to spending loads of money to get the best players. The thing is, they already spent an insane amount of money assembling the team they have now. If they go after Halladay, they're basically saying this team isn't good enough the way it is. If adding to C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixiera to a team that wasn't exactly horrible in the first place doesn't inspire enough confidence in the front office, what does that say about them. It's time for the Yankees to, if just this once, not throw money on a perceived problem. They can make a run at a title with the team they have, and that's what they should do.

Now, you're saying what about Haladay's upside. isn't he the best pitcher in the AL. Yeah. Now. There's no guarantee he'll play that well with the Yankees. he's spen this entire career in Toronto, away from the spotlight. He's not use to this kind of pressure. Think of how Sabathia struggled the first month of the season, now imagine in that happening in the heat of the playoff race. It could be disastrous. Also, he's never played in the playoffs. We have no idea how he'll perform in that situation. Taking Halladay is more of a gamble that the average ESPN commentator would have you believe. The arrival of a 5-star pitcher is not a certainty.

Halladay would be a good fit for a team like the phillies, who are for worse off at pitcher than the Yankees, and despite their recent hot streak, probably aren't as strong a team as they were last year. For a team like the Yankees, who already have solid hitting and pitching, Halladay would just be another wasteful investment from a team who's made far too many in the past decade. The best thing the Yankees can do is approach the home stretch with the lineup they have. Giving up key players for Halladay would only make things worse.

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