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Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Posted on: July 13, 2009 9:42 pm

ST. LOUIS -- Not only will Tuesday night's All-Star Game start put Toronto's Roy Halladay on the biggest stage of his career, it also will be one of the most public auditions he'll make in his new life as trade bait for a contender.

But what's more newsworthy is that the very private Halladay spoke at length Monday about the possibility of leaving his beloved Toronto. And he sounded like a man who mentally has one foot out the door already. Which is notable in that he has full no-trade powers and must sign off on any deal.

"The team's open to looking and I'm open to it," Halladay said. "It's kind of, 'Let's see what happens and go from there.'"

The longtime ace of Toronto's staff finally seems resigned to the fact that if he is going to pitch in October for the first time in his 12-year career, it's going to have to be in a uniform other than that of the Blue Jays.

"For me, that's been the biggest struggle," Halladay said. "To (Toronto general manager) J.P. Ricciardi's credit, when I signed my extension, that was the focus for him. He said they were going to try and win. I believe they did the best they could to try and win.

"But financially, the economy, maybe you get to the point where we have to change direction a little bit."

The economy has hit Toronto hard. The Blue Jays rank 12th in the American League in attendance, ahead of only Cleveland and Oakland, and next year's payroll is expected to be lower than the current $80 million. As such, in a division with big spenders Boston and the Yankees, and including a very talented Tampa Bay club, the Blue Jays' immediate prospects for contending do not look good.

From Toronto's perspective, one thing that has to factor in is the disappointing return they got when pitcher A.J. Burnett fled via free agency last winter: The Jays were expecting two draft picks, but aside from the sandwich pick they got following the first round, they were stunned when events played out to net them only a third-round pick from the Yankees.

One of the most telling glimpses into Halladay's current thinking was in how he answered the question of being traded to a large-market club. He's thrived in the out-of-the-way quiet of Toronto, and he does not enjoy the spotlight.

But he also sounds ready to compromise on that for a chance to win.

"I think so," he said. "That's what made Toronto great for me. It is quiet. It is a great place.

"But I think you've got to take a chance sometimes. Wherever that may be, there is a point in your career where you know you need to take a chance and try it and win."

At 32, Halladay seems ready to take that chance. Even if it is in New York, where he says he would not be intimidated.

"No," he said. "I'm sure a lot of media people wouldn't love me. For me, I've always been able to separate what I do on the field from off the field, and I've realized I can't always make everybody happy all the time."

He also said that although he's played his entire career in the American League, he wouldn't necessarily be adverse to pitching in the National League and, thus, batting (which should be music to Philadelphia's ears).

"Once you go from the American League East," he said, smiling. "Not that there aren't great teams out there, but it's a tough decision. I'd rather hit than have to face (Derek) Jeter, A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez), (Hideki) Matsui, (Mark) Teixeira and those guys."

Halladay, thoughtful and reflective throughout the interview, said he doesn't yet know whether he would ask for an extension of his current deal (roughly $7 million remaining this year and $15.75 million in 2010) in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause, as some major league executives believe he will.

"It's a little bit down the road for me," he said. "All I can tell you is that my priority will be to win. I've been fortunate to have been taken care of fine in Toronto. As a younger player, maybe is at the beginning of a career, that's important. Now, the emphasis is on winning. As far as thinking that far, I really haven't gotten there. It just hasn't come up."

Whether Halladay will be traded by the July 31 deadline, he said, "for me, it will be the flip of a coin. I really believe that. I think there is so much that goes into it. I'm still not 100 percent sure what direction we're going to take in Toronto, if Toronto does decide to do something."

There are many in the game who think that Ricciardi is sending out feelers now and that the Blue Jays will wind up trading Halladay this winter, rather than this July.

Whatever the timetable, after listening to Halladay on Monday, you have to believe that he's already begun cutting the emotional ties in one of the most calculated gambles of his career -- and, on Toronto's part, in recent franchise history.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2009 12:00 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

I'm not saying Hughes is going to be the only player involved the Yanks have a bunch of talent in the farm so who knows.

And last year was last year Hughes is doing pretty well at the moment and could help mthe Jays in years to come I think he will develop into a number 2 starter in the next 1-2 years. Just my opinion.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 10:29 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

The Angels don't have the prospects to get the deal done, but do have the cash to spend.  Lackey, Escobar, Vlad, Figgins and Abreu are all free agents at the end of the year clearing up nearly $45 million in salary.  But again this isn't like a few years ago.  Wood and Rodriguez have lost some luster.   Adenhart died.  Walden has taken a step back this year.  Most of the rest of the system is either low ceiling or too far away. 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 7:43 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

I think the best thing for Toronto to do is go for broke next season.  Offer some pitching prospects to Milwaukee for Prince Fielder.  Another option would be to offer prospects to SAn Diego for Adrien Gonzalez.  Neither one of these teams will be able to resign these guys after 2010 anyway.  Prince is due 9 mil next year and then he'll be a Free agent.  Gonzalez is due something in the 5 mil range but he also has a club option in the 6 mil range for 2011.   If by the middle of the season, Toronto is in contention people will fill up the seats, The ratings on TSN will come, and everything will be wonderful.  If they aren't in contention, They can then trade Prince and Halladay to contenders for a boat load of prospects and also unload the rest of their salaries.  Barring an injury to those two i dont think Toronto could lose with that move.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:27 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Halladay will be a Phily or a Dodger by the end of the month. I see R. Martin, B. Dewitt, J. Mcdonald, S. Elbert and Chin-Lung Hu on the table for the Dodgers with Halladay and Barajas coming from the Jays. The question is are the Philies willing to put more then that on the table to out bid the Dodgers? 


Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:30 pm
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Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:18 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

I doubt the Jays will trade him within the division, but could you imagine if the Sox could get him for Saito, Lugo, Bard and maybe some cash... They'd have Halladay(10 wins), Beckett(11), Lester(8), and Wakefield(11) as their top 4 with smoltz, penny and bucholz fighting it out for number 5, plus a solid bullpen.  Sorry just had to fantasize for a little bit.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:07 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Aroid makes $51,000 per at bat.  CC will get over $4,000 per individual pitch.  If you get 1 relief inning from Rivera at $167,000, have Posada catch the game for $81,000, let Nady and Wang watch the game (that is what they get paid for now right?)for $80,000, then with that one game with 6 players you have paid for the equivalent of Ryan Braun's annual salary.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:06 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

These Yankee fans are delusional. Phil Hughes would be a fifth starter for the Jays, if that right now. He's been garbage since he showed up in the majors and why Toronto would want an unproven clown that can't even succeed with the Yankee lineup behind him is beyond me. And Melky Cabrera? Um...I'd almost rather watch Vernon Wells underachieve than that. The Yanks have plenty of guys they could package for Halladay, but to suggest they send over a bunch of crap for the greatest pitcher in baseball is pathetic.

How about the Diamonbacks? Anything is possible there because their managment is almost as dumb as Toronto and Pittsburghs. Maybe Halladay for Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, and G Parra. Send over V Wells and get some other prospects too, or maybe Scherzer. Dbacks starting three would be the best in baseball if healthy: Webb, Haren, Halladay...and with the way Doug Davis is pitching as a #4 could they ever lose a series? Well, I guess the Dbacks could find a way.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:02 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Shut up you yankee idiot! Phil hughes is garbage like the city you play in!

The yanks are going no where just ask the bosox! What is the season series?????

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:41 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect


201,449,189 is the yankees salary for 2009.  Luckily for Yankees fans, their games are televised.  I don't know how anyone can afford to be a yankees fan otherwise.

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