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Sifting through the rumors: Blue Jays – Halladay, Overbay and Bradley

Nov 11, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

*The Yankees are expected to inquire about Roy Halladay, and new Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said trading within the AL East will “never be a stumbling block” for him.
The Red Sox figure to get back into the chase for Halladay is that’s the case. The Phillies still have the young talent to pull off a Halladay acquisition, though they may run into budget issues at some point. Also,’s Ken Rosenthal believes the Angels could again target Halladay, particularly if they fail to re-sign free agent John Lackey.
It makes all kinds of sense for the Jays to trade Halladay now. They’re big long shots for 2010 anyway, and there may well be more quality starters available at the trade deadline next year than there are in free agency right now. With Tim Hudson out of the mix, there’s a huge drop-off from John Lackey to Randy Wolf, Rich Harden and the rest of the free agent options.
The Yankees’ chances of landing Halladay would likely hinge on their willingness to part with Jesus Montero, who may well be the second biggest offensive talent in the minors behind Atlanta’s Jason Heyward. One of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes would likely have to be involved as well. Hughes has the greater value of the two at this point, and it’s highly unlikely that the Bombers would part with both he and Montero. The packages that make the most sense are Chamberlain and Montero or Hughes plus outfielder Austin Jackson.
The Red Sox would probably be willing to part with Clay Buchholz if it would allow them to keep both Casey Kelly and Daniel Bard. The Jays, though, would likely insist on acquiring two of the three, particularly since most of the rest of Boston’s intriguing prospects are in the low minors. One exception is outfielder Josh Reddick, who could be positioned as a potential long-term replacement for Alex Rios.
The Jays would want three from the Phillies big four: J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Dominic Brown and Michael Taylor. The Angels have less talent to part with than usual, though the Jays would presumably be very interested in Erick Aybar if he was made available. Mike Napoli, Brandon Wood and right-hander Jordan Walden would also be brought up in talks.
*Lyle Overbay, who was nearly traded back to Arizona for Chris Snyder last week is now a possibility for Seattle after the Mariners were turned down by their own free agent, Russell Branyan.
Perhaps this is nothing more than the Mariners trying to put some heat on Branyan, who is holding out for a two-year deal. Overbay’s name is getting kicked around everywhere else, so if the Mariners could figure that throwing their hat into the ring will cause Branyan to reconsider their offer of one year and an option.
If there’s actually something to the rumor, then outfielder Michael Saunders and infielder Matt Tuiasosopo could be possible returns for Overbay, who will earn $7 million next year and then become a free agent. The idea of going year to year with their first baseman is attractive to Seattle, since prospect Mike Carp isn’t far away. The Blue Jays are open to moving Overbay because they’re interested in installing Adam Lind at first base.
*The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott believes the Jays still have some interest in Milton Bradley and repeats the Bradley-Lyle Overbay-Luis Castillo rumor that made the rounds on Monday.
Bradley makes an awful lot of sense for the Jays if the Cubs are willing to pay a chunk of the $21 million he’s owed over the next two years. Bradley is being viewed as a liability because of that salary and maybe he is, but he just led the entire American League in OPS with the Rangers in 2008. With Overbay out of the picture, the Blue Jays would have the option of using him as a full-time DH or rotating him into the outfield when he’s healthy. There’s probably nothing to the three-team proposal involving the Mets, but Bradley is there for the taking if the Jays want him.

  1. Mode - Nov 11, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Can there just be one post that says the Yankees are involved with every deal that might happen this offseason?
    The Yankees are mentioned in every deal by every agent or GM because once they’re mentioned the price goes up.

  2. Terry from Maine - Nov 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    File the following under – nobody cares but I’m gonna say it anyway.
    Baseball is still the greatest game in the world. Can’t wait for spring when I can go watch High School and college ball sitting one the sideline with a brewski in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other.
    MLB? No thanks. I haven’t forgiven them for the strike in 1994, one reason being they never said they were sorry. IOW then don’t give a s..t about people like me so the feeling is mutual. Not to mention that prices are beyond absurd. And to pay someone $22,000,000 a year to throw a baseball is beyond absurd and well into the upper levels of obscene.
    Field of Dreams is a great movie.

  3. XTrust_No1X - Nov 11, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    The 27 Time, World Series Champions, the Legendary New York Yankees are mentioned in every trade, because they are the Greatest Professional Sports Franchise the History, and 99% of MLB players or future MLB players as in children, all want to wear the Legendary New York Yankees pinstripes, so it makes sense always to mention the World Champion Yankees in all the off-season trades or signings. And, for the people who complain about what Players get for salaries or what teams are willing to offer players, what teams are charging for a season ticket, or whining what teams charge for general admission to a game, and what they charge for a hot dog and beer and Yada Yada Yada, are not really fans of the sport, they’re just being cheap and should stick to watching the WWF on TV!

  4. orioles forever - Nov 18, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Another option is to watch baseball on TV.Did you ever think of that?

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