The Jays are imposing their own trade deadline, and confirming my long-held suspicions about the unlikelihood of trading Doc Halladay:
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an
appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay, and has set a July 28
deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.
“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.
Ricciardi says that the the early deadline is necessary because any
Halladay deal is going to be complicated, but my suspicion is that it
serves two other purposes, one kind of minor and one a bit more
The minor one is that it creates a bit more pressure for teams that
really want Halladay to get moving. The more significant one is to give
Ricciardi a couple of days to gut the rest of the roster if Halladay
is, in fact, traded. Because let’s be honest, if Halladay is gone, the
fans are going to stop showing up, there will be no need to keep up
appearances, and the Jays will deal anything that isn’t nailed down.
But I think the real thing to take away from this is that Ricciardi
isn’t getting anywhere near the offers he needs to unload Doc, and for
that reason, he’s not likely to be dealt.