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The Sox never backed up the truck for Roy Halladay

Sep 14, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

A lot of people thought that J.P. Ricciardi — or whoever it was that was calling the shots in Toronto back in July — screwed up royal by not taking the Red Sox’ generous offer for Roy Halladay. As I wrote at the time, however, no one was on record actually confirming that the Sox had made such a generous offer. Turns out that they didn’t: when asked in an email if the Sox had offered Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, Felix Doubront, and Nick Hagadone for Halladay — as the Toronto Sun had reportedTheo Epstein said “nope.”

It always seemed like way too much for Boston to be offering when (a) they were still in the mix for Cliff Lee; and (b) Buchholz was pitching so well at Pawtucket. In hindsight, obviously, it was one of the better moves the Red Sox didn’t make.

  1. don - Sep 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Criag, learn how to report things. What an idiotic thing to write and suggest that the sox would give up 6 guys for Halladay. This piece here is a nice way of backtracking. But you obviously don’t know what you’re doing.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Don: the linked Toronto Sun piece quotes an NL scout saying that the Red Sox made that offer. People were talking about that kind of thing at the deadline. Contrary to what you think I think, I and many others thought that such an offer was baloney (or at least thought that the Jays were crazy not to take it if true). Nevertheless, the Jays took a lot of flack from some fans and some reporters at the time for not getting this alleged megadeal done.
    The linked Boston Globe piece reports Theo denying that ever occurred. How you turn that into me thinking they did it, me backtracking, or me not knowing what I’m doing is a mystery to me.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 14, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Craig, you should know by now that anytime you write about the Sox or Yanks (or good god, both), that none of your “logic” and “reasoning” will prevent the stupidity being vomited from these people’s mouths.
    Or maybe you just take pleasure in seeing all these people get riled up :)

  4. ecp - Sep 14, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    don, for heavens sake, read the post. Craig never said that the Sox offered six players for Hallday, he said that the Toronto Sun had reported that the Sox offered six players for Halladay.

  5. Nick - Sep 14, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    And let’s not forget Don, when you are trying to ridicule a person’s writing, you should be sure to spell his or her name correctly in your rebuttal.

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