Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun handicaps the upcoming Roy halladay sweepstakes, with a surprising conclusion. He puts the Yanks at #2 in the bidding, just behind the Angels. Coming from the Toronto side, it has to be taken seriously. Here’s the story:
Angels hot to trot for Halladay
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Infielder Brandon Wood, a pitching prospect like Trevor Reckling or Jordan Walden. Will Halladay go to the coast? Former GM Bill Stoneman was not known for deadline deals but GM Tony Reagins, added Mark Teixeira at the deadline last year.
Yankees may be a third-place team, according to one scout who saw them in Anahiem. Yankees are looking at Ian Snell (Pirates). They need a starter. Yanks could move Phil Hughes, plus prospects.
Secret weapon: Chris Carpenter can sell his pal Halladay on playing in St. Louis. Players usually rate St. Louis the best city to play in.
Training in Clearwater means 10 weeks at the Halladay home in Oldsmar, Fla. Phils say they have prospects but talk is that the Jays don’t like them, or rather the ones they’ll move. The Jays like J.A. Happ, who has been better than Cole Hamels. Shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson have been mentioned.
They have a need and they have prospects: Infielders Alcides Escobar, Mat Gamel and Brett Lawrie, plus catcher Angel Salome.
The Boston Red Sox say they have “all the pieces” to make the deal for Halladay, but doubt the Blue Jays would move Halladay within the division. Red Sox will move Clay Buchholz and Lars Anderson.
(One thing to clear up right off the bat, he didn’t mean to imply the Yanks would trade Hughes+ for Ian Snell. Rather that the Yanks are so hungry for a pitcher right now, that they’re considering Ian Snell. The context is about Roy Halladay.)
Coming from the Toronto side of the fence, you would think the info came from a place that would be familiar with Ricchardi’s thinking. But you also have to consider that the info may be planted on purpose, to give the appearance that the Yanks are involved to drive up the price. In any case, what he said about the Phillies is very interesting. That they’re not willing to give up J.A. Happ and their other prospects are ones Toronto doesn’t love. The Phillies have been characterized by the local NY media as being the clear frontrunners, and according to Elliot they aren’t even in the top 3.
Stay tuned. . . .
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