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The Jays still want the world for Halladay

Dec 11, 2009, 12:24 PM EDT

Though the Phillies may be the frontrunners for Roy Halladay, Buster Olney reports that the Blue Jays are demanding the same package from them that they were demanding last summer: Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ, outfielder Dominic Brown and others.

Can someone tell them that, last summer, Halladay could have been available for the final couple months of the season and the playoffs? And that he hadn’t yet started putting the screws to the Jays to move him before spring training?

It still sounds like the Phillies can get a deal done, but what’s with Toronto anyway? Do they not have the concept of leverage and value in Canada? Is this some quirk of the exchange rate I’m not hip to?

  1. YANKEES1996 - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Lets be serious the Blue Jays are not going to give Halladay away, it is going to cost serious prospects and big money to get him. The Blue Jays are trying to rebuild their team on the back of one man, the only question is which team is going to sacrifice their minor league souls to get him. The rotation of Lee, Hamels, Halladay is only slightly less intimidating than the rotation of Sabathia, Burnett, Halladay and you do still have to count the Red Sox and a couple of other teams in the pursuit as well. Which ever team does wind up getting him though, that teams farm system is going to be a veritible wasteland when all is said and done.

  2. aweb - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Halladay isn’t losing any value over the next few months, so why not start with asking as much as you can? It’s Dec 11th – if it’s Feb 11th and the deal is still not done, then I worry about asking for too much.

  3. Jonny5 - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Well Craig, from your question on the Jays……….. Have you ever met any Canadians? There is only one country capable of creating a more arrogant person,and it’s France.
    ” Which ever team does wind up getting him though, that teams farm system is going to be a veritible wasteland when all is said and done.”
    That’s a Yankee fans perspective.
    The Yankees don’t have squat for the Farm.
    The Angels are equal to the Phillies and have much depth in the Farm.
    The only team who spoke of looking at Halladay with a Farm system better than the Phills and Angels, is the BoSox. And they’ve been quiet about it so far. So in all truth, It would be the Yankees trashing their farm system, Again………. to land the guy, everyone else has plenty – o – depth. Of course they want top talent, but that’s a given.

  4. Danny - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    “Do they not have the concept of leverage and value in Canada? Is this some quirk of the exchange rate I’m not hip to?”
    Pretty sad commentary from a columnist I usually have great respect for … why should Toronto not ask for a high return for a pitcher widely regarded as the best in the game? What good negotiator doesn’t start high and then move lower only as required? You would do well to take a lesson from Scott Boras in this regard. It really is quite simple.
    That you would criticize our concept of leverage and value when your ridiculous American banking system has caused millions of people untold anguish is especially laughable. I would ask what concept of leverage and value lies behind the notion of giving a 40 year mortgage to an umemployed man as was the case in countless instances?
    Craig, your work is typically thoughtful and interesting to read and your use of humor is usually spot on but you have missed the mark badly here …

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