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Are the Phillies still pursuing Roy Halladay?

Nov 10, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

Asked yesterday what the Phillies will be looking to upgrade this offseason general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said: “Third base, bullpen, bench.”
Despite the lack of “rotation” on that list Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to “more than one baseball official with knowledge of the Phillies’ offseason plan” who said that “the team remains very much in the picture to acquire” Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays.
Philadelphia made a midseason run at Halladay before balking at then-general manager J.P. Ricciardi’s sky-high asking price, instead acquiring Cliff Lee from Cleveland for a handful of non-elite prospects. Committing another package of prospects and a huge chunk of the payroll to a second No. 1 starter seems unlikely, but “one rival front-office man” who spoke to Salisbury seems to think that it’s possible.
Amaro reportedly turned down Ricciardi’s request for J.A. Happ and prospects Kyle Drabek, Domonic Brown, and Anthony Gose. Parting with that quartet in addition to the prospects already shipped to the Indians for Lee would completely wipe out the Phillies’ farm system, but for the most part their offensive core should be intact for the long haul and if they could somehow get Lee and Halladay signed to long-term deals … well, they would be pretty scary for the near future.

  1. dave - Nov 10, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    come on reuben just do it philly will love you 4 ever

  2. Ditto - Nov 10, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    All I hear from Phillies fans is how they “build from within,” while in reality they shop as much as anybody else.

  3. Rich - Nov 10, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    The rumor here is that Cole Hamels might be traded for Hallady. He is 7 years younger and signed for 3 more years at 7 million each approx. Blue Jays seem interested. If the Phillies make this trade, they would have a starting staff of Halladay, Lee, Happ, Blanton , Moyer or Martinez and the super Rook Drabek. Not bad.

  4. Cru11 - Nov 11, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    I cant even imagine the amount of bombs Hamels will give up in the AL east if he is traded to the Jays. What a thought.

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