According to several baseball media outlets, it seems that the Boston Red Sox may be the frontrunners to get All Star pitcher, Roy Halladay. Now nothing has been made official, but it was reported on Yahoo Sports that the Red Sox had initially "anted up their past offer" by offering top prospect, Clay Buchholz alongside a choice of Michael Bowden or Lars Anderson, and Ryan Westmoreland.
It has been reported that the Phillies may have dropped out of the Halladay sweepstakes as they are in pursuit of 2008 Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee. Ken Rosenthal also stated that the New York Yankess are, "lurking in the shadows." In my opinion, if the Red Sox are looking at him, so are the Yankees and after hearing that Boston was the frontrunner to get Mark Teixieria, he ended up signing to the New York Yankees.
Rumors started swirling today that a Red Sox trade offer to Toronto has been turned down, but it did not state what the offer consisted of. Toronto is troubled financially as well, so they would like to package Vernon Wells in that trade, but Boston is hesitant to acquire Wells.
In my opinion, Boston needs more of a bat opposed to a new pitcher because the offense has been mediocre throughout most of July. The Red Sox have had discussions to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez, but it looks like Gonzalez will stay in San Diego unless Boston gives up most of their top prospects, but that is something that Theo Epstein would never do.
There have also been discussions with the Indians over Victor Martinez who would e the future catcher of the Boston Red Sox. Now my question remains, if Boston gets a bat, then what happens to the players who have been on the Sox throughout the entire season? If the Red Sox get Adrian Gonzalez, then Mike Lowell and Adam LaRoche are bench players, while David Ortiz could be in trouble as well. If the Red Sox get Martinez, then LaRoche, Lowell, Ortiz, and Jason Varitek's positions are in trouble as their will be some tension amongst the Red Sox veterans over their playing time.
Receiving Roy Halladay guarantees a playoff spot for Boston for this season as well as next season, but it is known that Halladay wishes to test the free agent market next offseason, which means that Boston gets a one and a half year rental in exchange for 3-5 players who will be in Toronto for many years to come. Some question why the Blue Jays would trade in their division, but I wonder why Boston would give up their future to a team in their division. Imagine Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden in Toronto in the coming years as the Red Sox rotation is going to start getting older.
If Boston wants to be a lock for the playoffs this season, then Doc is the perfect fit, but we need to look towards the future here in Boston as Halladay is nothing more than a rental unless Toronto can get him to sign some extension, but Halladay is 32 years old.
In conclusion, if Boston somehow manages to get Doc, then Toronto may be some serious competition in two to three seasons from now, but if Boston wants to toss their prospects for a rental and a ring this season opposed to many in the future, than go for it. I do not see Theo Epstein going forward with this trade unless the pitching starts really struggling as it has as of late or if New York makes a big proposal to Toronto for the ace. No matter what happens, I do think that adding a bat or a new member of the bullpen opposed to a starting pitcher is the correct move to make for Boston.