The Philadelphia Phillies took a page from the Mets playbook last night and passed on a prospect-raiding deal with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, forcing trade-addled GM's to resume the hunt for the big right-hander.
Perennial ace and possible "piece-we-need-to-be-legit-contenders" trade bait Roy Halladay has been on the block for weeks, and JP Riccardi is playing his value for all it's worth.
Reports have come out this morning that the Phillies blanched at the ask of J.A. Happ, and top prospects Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown.
This is probably a good move long-term, but only time will tell whether the Phillies can repeat as World Series Champions without adding another All-Star pitcher right now.
Clearly, that's the range of talent Toronto GM J.P. Riccardi is searching for. Will he find someone willing to mortgage their franchise's future for Halladay?
The rumor mill is churning out new Halladay stories by the hour (my personal favorite was the Reds' sudden interest), but only the Phillies seem to be in true talks with Toronto.
Here's a quick wrap-up of the new contenders to land the Doc.