The main issue at hand, at least from a financial perspective, with regards to a Roy Halladay trade is whether or not the 32-year old right-hander would require an extension upon being moved. Such a contingency would be extremely costly for a team, especially after parting with high-end prospects from one’s farm system. After witnessing the way in which the Johan Santana trade unfolded, most believe that Halladay would demand a new and expensive contract, although there have been reports stating that he is eager to test free agency. Based on a article today, however, in the NY Post, it seems as though extending Halladay is also a point of contention within the Yankees front office.
According to Joel Sherman, “one faction of the Yankees front office has advocated trying to trade for Halladay, but not extend his pact. That way they would get Halladay on a very good contract for 2010 ($16 million) and then offer him arbitration after the season to secure two draft picks as a way to recoup some of the prospects given up in the trade.” The merits of this idea are certainly worthy of consideration, as the Yankees would maintain some semblance of financial flexibility after the trade, and could theoretically replenish their organization’s development system by refusing to offer an extension and collecting compensatory draft picks once Halladay rejects an arbitration offer and signs elsewhere via free agency. The practicality of this particular plan is questionable, however, in that history tells us that Halladay would most likely demand a market value extension prior to being traded (especially from the Yankees).
Of course, in the Yankees “front office,” there are those who probably think such an extension is a good idea after giving up a tremendous group of prospects and young players — it’s the other “faction” — though, in my opinion, if I were forced to choose, I might be more inclined to agree with the group Sherman outlines rather than the latter.
What about you? Where do you stand on the extension issue?
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