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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: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:37 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

you are correct. as much as I would love the Yankee's to get him (without trading the farm) it isn't going to happen. maybe the mets would trade for him.. But he is definitely going out of the division.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:34 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Phillies need to give up Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Jason Donald and Kyle Kendrick and bring in Halladay.  They have a great team all in their prime years and besides Drabek the rest of them won't see major league time for at least another full year.  Trade him and get Halladay.  That would give the Jays the top pitching prospect they request, a SS prospect they like (have inquired about him before), an OF that they could put anywhere and hits for power and average and Kendrick...someone to replace Halladay in the rotation this year and compete for the number 5 spot next.  This would put a blow in the Phillies budding farm system but is more than worth it. 

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:19 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Hughes,chamberlin and melky should get him

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:00 pm

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

They will trade Prince to Toronto why?????  Toronto should give up young talent to get Fielder than try and trade him to someone for young prospects at seasons end.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 11:58 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

Funny that every time somebody might get traded, people only think it's the yankees or redsox that'll get that player. The Tigers are in 1st in their division and with Verlander and Jackson would quite possibly have the best top 3 starters in all of baseball.  Think about it. Halliday. Verlander. Jackson. Imagine that top 3 in the playoffs?  Most teams only use 4 at that time, so that's pretty good.

Notice how I didn't mention Porcello, the extremely young starter. He's been very very nice for a 20 year old. Until 2 starts ago, the kid had a 3.55 era.. it's a bit over 4 now but they've rested him since he got a little tired. But don't be surprised if Detroit puts a package together that starts with Porcello.

The kid was rated very very high in the 2007 draft. The only reason he's a tiger is because he had the superagent everybody hates and demanded a nice size signing bonus. Some people rated him as high as number 3 overall in that draft... we'll see.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 11:20 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

It is time for Doc to play for a contender. Until a salary cap is implemented, the Jays will be pretenders, at best. I do not think he will be traded to the AL. That leaves Philly, LA, and the Cubs as the biggest players in this sweepstakes. Even with Doc, the Cubs will lose. I am a Brave's fan and would hate to see him in Philly, the Dodgers are the best team in the NL, and with Doc, would become invincibile, in all liklihood. This is why a salary cap must be started to keep the game fun to watch, and financially stable. I hope that we do not see 4 teams in both leagues playing soon. Teams like the Pirates, Brewers, Braves and many more cannot compete with the way the system s now. Baseball is the only major sport with no cap, and in all honesty, is becoming harder abd harder to watch now.  

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 11:10 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

dont forget the yankees were very skeptical about trading hughes and kennedy for johan santana. having said that i dont think halladay would go to NY. i can see him going to the NL (perhaps LA or the Mets)

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 11:03 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

The Jays can't wait until next year. Roy Halliday with a year and a half left on his contract is worth an enormous package of quality players. Just wait and see what they get for this guy, it's almost going to be funny.

If you wait until he's a couple months away from free agency, you might get a couple of contenders bidding on him at that time but right now probably half of the league can afford him at this price.

This should get very interesting. Let's wait and see what happens.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 10:13 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

I just don't get why they would entertain this now... this year may be a lost year, but you're telling me they can't compete next year with that lineup and Halladay/McGowan/Marcum/Romero/Lits

ch-Cecil-Rzepcynski-whoever? They need a pen arm or two but I think with the emergence of Lind and Hill, they're a bonafide 2010 contender, yes even in the vaunted AL East. Keep in mind that with 4/5 of that rotation, they led the league in ERA in '08, and that's with McGowan underachieving a bit. Make a run for 2010 and if you are out of the race, trade him then.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 9:55 am

Halladay opens up about trade prospect

The yankees don't have a payroll of $200 million dollars, it's less then that, but thats not what I wanted to say. The Yankees or Sox won't get Roy for the main reason stated above, he won't be traded to a division rival. As much as I would like to see him in pin stripes, I think it is very unlikely. If he does get traded at all, he will most certainly go to the Phillies. Since they need/want a starter, they will part ways with a few of their top prospects. Roy is already proven in the big leagues. He very well could be the best starter in the majors.

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