Could the Braves Counter The Phillies' Move With a Trade For Roy Halladay?

Brett KettyleCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies just completed a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians in which they acquired 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.

The trade should help Philadelphia run away with the NL East, and might make them the best team in the National League.

As the Braves are fighting for the wild card, they could still choose to make a push of their own, and one possibility would be that the Braves could attempt to land a former Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays.

I know, it sounds crazy, and I don’t think it will happen, but here is how a potential deal could happen.

The Braves make a trade for Roy Halladay, sending some of their better prospects (although I doubt they would give up Jason Heyward) to the Jays in order to land the ace.

With an abundance of starting pitching already, the Braves would then sell high on Javier Vazquez and add another bat to the lineup, either at first base or in right field.


The Logic Behind the Deal:

The Braves already have a dominant pitching staff, and adding Halladay would make them the clear favorites to win the wild card. Halladay is making about 3 million dollars more than Vazquez, and as well as Vazquez has pitched, Halladay would be an upgrade.

The Braves would then deal Vazquez and possibly Casey Kotchman or Ryan Church to get an upgraded player at either first base or right field, giving the Braves a lineup which would be able to take them to the wild card and an even better rotation to take them deep into the playoffs.


Why It Won’t Happen:

The Blue Jays asking price for Halladay is extremely high, and knowing that the Braves would be reluctant to deal Heyward and possibly Freddie Freeman, it would be hard to pry him from the Jays.

The Braves already have an incredible pitching staff, and they would be taking on extra money to bolster the offense.

Although the Braves would get Halladay for 2010, which would alleviate the need for Vazquez, they would have to give up too many prospects, possibly setting them back in the future.

Additionally, the Braves have said that they are out of money for 2009, and this trade would likely put them over their budget. 

If the Braves are still looking to make a move to bolster their offense, there would be simpler and cheaper ways that adding Roy Halladay, although it wouldn’t make as big of an impact.


The Verdict:

Any trade that would allow the Braves to add Halladay in place of Vazquez and still upgrade the lineup would make the Braves the clear favorites in the Wild Card and maybe give them a shot to catch the Phillies in 2009.

However, if the Braves are simply looking to add offense, there will be much cheaper means of doing so, even if the impact wouldn’t be as great.