Anybody who has followed the Phillies' pursuit of Roy Halladay over the past few days is quite aware of the complexity of the proposed trades to acquire him. Several teams are directly or indirectly involved, and it's even been suggested that the full trade package be broken down into three separate two-team deals.
However, given the fact that each proposed trade is contingent on the one before it being accepted, the deal is perhaps best examined as a four-team deal, despite the fact that it is not officially so. Viewing the trade this way allows us to see the broader impact of the trade by connecting the dots in a more logical fashion.
However, it is important to remember that there are three separate trades being negotiated here: Phillies/Jays, Phillies/Mariners, and Blue Jays/Athletics. The first two of these are dependent on one another. The third trade would happen if and only if the first two do.
The Phillies have reportedly come to terms on a contract extension for Halladay, clearing the way for the first two pieces of the trade to take place. With that deal inked, it appears that the full trade package is very close to completion.
As it stands now, this is what multiple reports suggest the trade would look like:
Blue Jays Receive
C Travis d'Arnaud (from PHI)
P Kyle Drabek (from PHI)
3B Brett Wallace (from OAK)
P Cliff Lee (from PHI)*
P Roy Halladay (from TOR); sign Halladay to contract extension (see below)
P Phillippe Aumont (from SEA)
OF Tyson Gillies (from SEA)
P Juan Ramirez (from SEA)
$6 Million (from TOR)
OF Michael Taylor (from PHI via TOR)
Details of the Halladay Extension
*It is rumored that Lee may not be the only player headed to the Mariners.