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Where are the aces going?

Nov 9, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT

There’s no CC Sabathia available this offseason, but between John Lackey, Roy Halladay and Javier Vazquez, there are at least three options available for a team looking to upgrade the rotation.  ESPN’s Buster Olney looks at possible landing pads for each of them.

There are no perfect fits, but Olney likes Lackey in Milwaukee of all places.  It actually makes sense though given their needs and the fact that they did offer CC Sabathia a lot of money last year. I suppose there’s a chance that that was a phony offer and that they’d never be willing to pay $100 million for a pitcher, but at the very least it shows some guts on Doug Melvin’s part, and guts come right after money when it comes to the things a team needs to land a big fish like Lackey.

Olney goes to to discuss the possibilities of Roy Halladay being traded to either the Rangers or the Angels. Those scenarios seem less plausible, mostly because it strikes me as more likely that the Jays would hold on to Doc until next year, hoping to leverage more out of him at the deadline than they could expect right now.

  1. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    GOOD THING THE YANKEES DID THEIR SHOPPING LAST YEAR………..
    THE YANKEES ARE CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL……AGAIN

  2. Wells - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Thanks for the incisive insight, comeonman. Without your input the conversation was just pedestrian.

  3. John - Nov 9, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Hopefully, this will make it even less pedestrian: PHILLIES IN 2010!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!

  4. Kevin S. - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    How does a post about John Lackey and the Brewers turn into another Yanks vs Phils shout-fest?
    Craig, better hope those Vazquez rumors are bunk. The Braves should contend next year, no need to worry about getting any more “value” out of Javy than what he’ll provide every fifth day.

  5. Cru11 - Nov 9, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Id like to see where the Rangers cough up the cash for Halladay. Their pockets are lines with moths. I remember this past season where they had to borrow 15 million from MLB to make payroll. Plus, Ive read that Doc doesnt like the Texas heat.

  6. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    i’m sorry your team, the nationals sucked.
    who are you ??
    do i care, no !!
    buh bye

  7. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    craZy Braves fan ,,,,,,,

  8. alfred - Nov 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    The inconsistency in the length of the players trousers is driving me crazy.
    Oh, and by the way, the yankees SUCK

  9. Dave - Nov 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Yeah Alfred, the Yanks suck the life from the Phillies.

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