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Come To Think Of It: Toronto GM Calling Cubs About Roy Halladay

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer INovember 21, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Roy Halladay pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
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According to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat , Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has contacted the Cubs about a possible trade of star pitcher Roy Halladay to the Cubs.

While on the surface it would appear to be a very unlikely scenario, it does at least bear some discussion. If for no other reason than Halladay is one of the best pitchers in baseball. And moving to the National League would only make him better, in all likelihood.

Look, it's a long shot, to be sure. First off, the Cubs probably don't have the payroll room to do this unless Toronto is willing to take one of our huge salaries in return. Second, Halladay's contract is up after this season, so would it be prudent for them to trade away the farm just to obtain one year of his services?

Anthopoulos has reportedly stated he is willing to allow the trading team a period of time to work out a contract extension. That would likely be a prerequisite for any trade, though with all the long-term contracts the club already has, I can't see Jim Hendry doing another one.

This may simply be two GMs doing their due diligence. Even so, one just can't simply dismiss an opportunity to acquire a great pitcher.

Halladay is owed $15.75 million this year. Plus, they'd have to be willing to part with top prospects, such as shortstop Starlin Castro and Josh Vitters, to obtain the Jays' ace.

It is clear, however, that the Jays are serious about trading Doc. While it's unlikely to be to the Cubs, it's interesting, come to think of it.

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