Apparently if Roy Halladay were playing for a real team he'd be making $40 million, which makes him quite valuable, given his present paycheque, in terms of what we fans might get in return. Who is notable among trade-bait on the Jays today, and surely has attracted the attention of JP (who needs desperately to make a deal and get this team competitive in the East) and other managers, is Marco Scutaro.
Toronto management has always had the good fortune of bringing solid players up the middle, witness Aaron Hill, though in the outfield presents an interesting dilemma in Vernon Wells - seeing as the $126 million dollar man can't perform in front of the home crowd. I wonder what a player like Scutaro, who is having a great season, despite his June, would fetch. He swings an amazing bat and does it quite well in the field.
The team is a good one and practically the same one that sizzled out of the gates this season, but somehow couldn't sustain its momentum along the way. It's a team that can't afford to blow as many as they have and with such a wide array of excuses, as opposed to simply being hurt, which is the usual situation for a sliding Toronto team.
Take the other night. One minute leading 9-1. Well, you know the rest. Decimating the team of its best players likely won't hurt the team's chances, after all they are not going to win a pennant this year, and it will enable some young players to flourish. But I thought JP was brought on board to deliver a winning team. A team that was supposed to be in full stride, going down the stretch - of his management career.
JP obviously thinks the fans, let along owners, will allow him to continue to deliver mediocrity. Even the Leafs understand they at least had better be at least entertaining on the road to the Cup.