Dec 8, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT
SI.com’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.
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