The L.A. Angels have been one of the many potential suitors seeking to make a trade to land Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays' ace. The Angels will need to trade a lot as Halladay will cost a pretty penny.
The Angels should trade players that are at their peak value, and who the team could easily lose in one more season.
The Blue Jays expect a team to hand over one of its young starting pitchers to get Halladay. Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, and Joe Saunders are all options.
The Angels should not trade Saunders because he has proven to be very valuable to the rotation with 16 wins last year. He would have had an even better year without the shoulder injury. He did great in '08 as well.
Weaver appears to be improving a lot, so he should stay, too.
I think the Angels should include Santana in the trade package because he has flashed amazing potential, but this year he struggled quite a bit just like he did two years ago. You never know how he will do.
The Blue Jays will probably be willing to get Santana as they will need a starting pitcher. The Blue Jays wanted Erick Aybar last trade deadline, but Reagins refused to trade him, so Halladay stayed in Toronto.
The Blue Jays have a new G.M. now, though, so it's open season again.
The Angels should offer Howie Kendrick. His value is not at its peak anymore, but he still has a sleeper label on him, so the Angels should trade him while they can.
They should dangle Brandon Wood, too, because he had power numbers in the minors. He hit 43 home runs one season. He's a power-hitting third baseman, but he strikes out a lot, and he may be a bust, seeing as he hasn't done very well in the majors.
The Angels will probably need to offer a fourth player to seal the deal, so they should definitely put up Gary Matthews Jr., who isn't happy in his bench role with the Angels' deep outfield, but the Angels will have to eat the remaining $23 million off his contract. His five-year, $50 million deal was definitely a mistake on the Angels' part seeing as he was only a one-year wonder.
My trade package for Halladay would include Ervin Santana, Howie Kendrick, Brandon Wood, and Gary Matthews Jr.