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Link-O-Rama: Halladay, Kendall, Smoltz, Dye

Nov 11, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

* Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed that trading Roy Halladay within the division “will never be a stumbling block.” That’s a smart approach, if only because it’s tough to get maximum trade value for a big-name player without involving the Yankees and Red Sox to some extent.
* General manager Doug Melvin hinted yesterday that the Brewers may go young at catcher rather than re-sign veteran Jason Kendall. “We paid $5 million for the position in the past,” Melvin said. “I don’t know if we can do that again.” Milwaukee has a pair of upper-minors catching prospects in Jonathan Lucroy and Angel Salome, and Kendall hit just .241/.331/.305 this season.
* John Smoltz reiterated that he wants to pitch in 2010, and it sounds like both sides are open to another season in St. Louis after he posted a 4.26 ERA and 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts with the Cardinals following a brutal stint in the AL.
* Jermaine Dye admitted yesterday that “it doesn’t look good” for his chances of a sixth season with the White Sox after the team chose a $1 million buyout over his $12 million option for 2010.

  1. Levi Stahl - Nov 11, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    I know that a zillion-year-old pitcher can break and/or commence seriously sucking at any time, but I’d love to see Smoltz back with the Cardinals. (That desire is probably inordinately influenced by the fact that his two strikeout-filled innings in game 3 of the NLDS offered just about the only real excitement or reason to cheer in that entire game.)

  2. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    You have got to be a Cubs fan. But it doesn’t matter, it won’t work. The Curse, which you people fail to realize is actually a statistically verifiable corollary of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is far more powerful than any handicap you can inflict upon other teams in the division. Give it up, relax, and enjoy the pizza.

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