I can't help but laugh at all the media buzz that the Toronto Blue Jays have been receiving over the last few days. It has been reported on multiple sports networks that scouts have been in town to witness the performances of Roy Halladay (obviously), Scott Downs, Scott Rolen, Alex Rios, Marco Scutaro, the Toronto Star Sales Clerk in Section 115 and the away team bat boy.
It is therefore the least bit surprising that the most popular question on the Google Search Engine this past week was: "Is there really a baseball team in Canada?" With all this attention, rumours have really begun to swirl over the last 24 hours and I want to take a moment to examine and dissect the latest news regarding the Roy Halladay saga.
Are The Phillies Serious?
So apparently this Halladay guy isn't good enough for the Phillies to give up on two prospects and a 27 year old pitcher. Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies have denied JP's request of JA Happ, Kyle Drabek, and Dominic Brown, which to me at least suggests that the Blue Jays should now attempt to find a new trading partner.
I want the readers out there to understand that I take all this trade talk very personally. In any circumstance when I write an article, I try to be as unbiased and professional as I possibly can, but any deal that involves Roy Halladay goes deeper then just a baseball trade. He is the heart and soul of the Toronto Blue Jays and is regarded by many as the best pitcher in the game.
As a loyal Blue Jay fan for so many years, I need to know that if Halladay is indeed dealt, that the prospects coming back in return will shore up the team for the better part of the next decade.
The proposed deal of Happ, Drabek and Brown does wonders for the Jays going forward, but I'd prefer another prospect included in the deal to maximize all incoming assets. If Brown is the guy the Jays want, then that would eliminate all possibilities that Taylor would be another prospect added to the deal.
Lou Marson would do it for me and the trade overall would help the Jays in many aspects: Marson is a future solid catcher; Drabek is a potential ace; Brown has the skill and size frame to be a true 5 tool player; Happ can be a dependable middle of the rotation type of pitcher.
If the Phillies actually rejected such a prospect (minus Marson as the reports suggested), then they are really fooling themselves. All season long, the Phillies have been at the bottom of the league in most pitching categories within their starting rotation and those type of performances won't get them far in the playoffs.
Getting a bonafide ace is exactly what they need and if giving up only Drabek, Happ and Brown is what the Blue Jays were asking for, then most Phillie fans alike must be really disappointed at this moment (and checking out their message boards would insist they are).
I still think Halladay will end up in Philadelphia, but the package would have to be better then that. Apparently Happ, since he is already contributing to the Phillies success, is the pitcher they don't want to let go of, which personally i don't mind since he doesn't project to be much more then a middle of the rotation type of pitcher.
I think what he is doing this season is a little bit reminiscent of the saying: "catching lightening in a bottle"! Of course i could be wrong, but I at least believe a trade would still be possible if Happ wasn't included.
If this was the case, the projected package heading north would have to be something like Drabek, Brown, Knapp/Carrasco, Donald and Marson. I think the Phillies would be wise to just go with the original proposition.
Halos Picking Up Momentum In Halladay Pursuit
I still don't buy the Angels as serious trading partners with the Blue Jays, but some intriguing propositions have been popping over the last hour. The latest from Yahoo contributor Gordon Edes suggested that the Angels offered both Jered Weaver and Brandon Wood for Halladay, but the deal was rejected.
If this is true, then the Angels may become the new number one contender for Halladay. If I'm J.P Ricciardi, i don't see how i would be able to decline a future deal featuring those two players with the addition of prospects like Sean Rodrigues or Trevor Reckling. Judging by that potential package, the Angels are becoming more and more intriguing.
Red Sox Ready To Enter Halladay Sweepstakes?
No much of a source to back this one up, but Toronto sports beat writer Jeff Blair tweeted a couple hours ago that a Blue Jay scout filled him in that a big contender was yet to submit their proposal for Halladay.
Blair believes it could be the Red Sox, considering their pitching struggles as of late, and the proposed package could include Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and a few more prospects.
The Reds Are Rolen
Its being reported that the Reds are discussing a deal which would see the Jays land a package including Edwin Encarnacion for Scott Rolen. I really can't understand this move from a Cincinnati perspective, but I thought it was worth noting.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what your opinion is on all this latest trade talk!