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Report: BoSox unwilling to part with Buchholz for Halladay

Dec 8, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing the Red Sox won’t surrender either Clay Buchholz or Casey Kelly in a deal for Roy Halladay.
So what is the market for Halladay now? The Dodgers and Phillies don’t seem to have the cash, and no one thinks think Monday’s rumor sending him to the Rays had anything behind it.
The Yankees still have the talent to bring in Halladay even after landing Curtis Granderson — two players from the group of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero would be plenty sufficient — but if they really want to roll back payroll, it’d be hard to accomplish with Halladay on the books.
The Angels and Mets are two possibilities, perhaps even the top two at this point. The Angels can surrender prospects along with either Joe Saunders or Ervin Santana. The Mets don’t have as much to offer, but Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez could be put on the table. The Red Sox would have a very, very difficult time doing a deal without Buchholz or Kelly.

  1. ecp - Dec 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Given that he’s been pretty adament about not approving a deal to any team that doesn’t train in Florida, that kind of eliminates the Angels – unless Doc changes his mind about that stipulation.

  2. smokehouse - Dec 8, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    They turned up their nose at a very good offer from the Phillies. Instead the Phillies took Cliff Lee at far less than they offered the Jays and they struck it rich, giving them a second straight NL Pennant and a world series berth. Some teams are stuck on stupid.

  3. HaloFan - Dec 8, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Halladay already approved a trade to the Angels last season. It fell apart when the Angels refused to part with Aybar.
    It feels as if the “not approving an Arizona spring training” thing is a rumor that got legs. I’d be surprised to find out that Doc was willing to limit his potential earnings based on where a team worked out for six weeks a year.

  4. Go Jays - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Phillies got to the World Series with Lee but might have actually won with Halladay.

  5. Bob P - Dec 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    I do NOT understand this thinking whatsoever!!!! Yes, he threw a no hitter…TWO YEARS AGO…AGAINST THE LOWLY KANSAS CITY ROYALS!!!! He’s not going to be any better than he has been the past 2 years SINCE the no-hitter. That will forever be the highlight of his career. And we’re not going to trade for Halladay so we can keep a mediocre pitcher in the lineup?!?!?!?! I’m sick of watching the spankees making all of these moves to improve their lineup and to increase their payroll while we sit on our hands acting like we’ll still be competitive if we don’t make a counter move…so frustrating as a Sox fan…

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