Hey, Dodgers and Angels fans, what's your trade for Roy Halladay?
The best pitcher in baseball might well be Toronto's Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays' general manager, J.P. Ricciardi, has spent the last two days telling everyone that he will listen to offers for Halladay.
That last link, to a report from Fox Sports, seems a bit overblown. To say that "Halladay is a goner" and "Once this process starts, it's almost impossible to stop" -- well, to that we say: Where is Jake Peavy pitching this season?
Nonetheless, with the Jays willing to listen to offers for their ace and the Dodgers and Angels looking for pitching, what would you offer?
Halladay makes $14.25 million this season and $15.75 million next season, after which he would be eligible for free agency. If the Jays decide to trade him, the bidding probably would be so spirited that they would not need to pick up any of Halladay's salary.
The Jays have a talented young corps of pitchers already at the major league level, even without Halladay, so they would not necessarily be looking for a bunch of prospects for a three-year rebuilding project. They would, of course, want young players several years removed from free agency.
You can check out the Jays' stats here.Second baseman Aaron Hill is an All-Star. Left fielder/designated hitter Adam Lind is having a great season too, and Toronto is locked into long-term deals with center fielder Vernon Wells and right fielder Alex Rios. The other key offensive performers -- third baseman Scott Rolen, shortstop Marco Scutaro, first basemen Kevin Millar and Lyle Overbay and catcher Rod Barajas -- are 32 or older. This trade is going to be painful, and it won't be made for three surplus parts. What's your offer?
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay. Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski / US Presswire.