Phils Need to Get Serious if They Want Halladay

July 25, 2009 at 12:24 pm 2 comments

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The Philadelphia Phillies are apparently ready to turn away from Roy Halladay because they beleive the Toronto Blue Jays are asking for too much in return. I’m not sure who the Phillies think they are but what they are offering for Halladay still looks a little short to me and not too much like Phillies brass believes.

Reported in the ESPN column, the Blue Jays asked for J.A. Happ, top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek and high-ceiling outfield prospect Dominic Brown, and the Phillies aren’t buying.

This is quite a surprise to me. The Phillies farm system has actually been one of the most improved over the last two years and they have the pieces to land Halladay, but, like a lot of teams, they hold their prospects in high regaurd, maybe higher than their potential ability.

SI.com writer Jon Heyman thinks the Phils will get the deal done and thinks it should only take one of “Happ or Drabek, Taylor or Brown.” Did I read his twitter right? One of Happ or Drabek, not both? That is not going to get it done. Sorry pal. If that does get it done then Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi should be fired on the spot.

Like Heyman, GM Ruben Amaro doesn’t seem to know how to value Halladay and the two draft picks they will get in return. Halladay alone for a season and a half and two stretch runs is worth that package alone, not to mention the draft picks they will get if they don’t re-sign Halladay before he hits the free agent makret.

We have to come to a realization at some point don’t we? Halladay has possibly the best numbers of any pitcher in the game, if not the best then easily top 5. His repitoire, command, control, and stamina easily make him the best pitcher in the game. And we somehow forget that he has been doing this in the AL East his entire career, facing the Yankees, Red Sox, and the now great Rays more than any other pitcher.

Halladay is easily worth that package the Phillies think is out of line, and then some.

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  • 1. dave  |  July 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    there is no way as a phils fan i would do the deal in its present form. the phils got to where they are now by getting players from their farm. halladay will only be here 2 years and you dont want to give up 2 probable stars plus your best position prospect for 2 years of slightly better pitching. yes i said slightly better. the phils rotation has been great the last 2 months, yes halladay improves it but not to the point where you mortgage your future for a guy who will be gone in 2 years. get the deal done if you can but not at its current price.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I just don’t see Happ as a star and Drabek still has question marks surrounding him. The Phils will still has Carrasco, Taylor or Brown, Lou Marson, Jason Knapp, and Anthony Hewitt in their system plus get two draft picks when/if Halladay leaves via free agency. I just believe Halladay is worth much more and the Phils could get this done before his next start.

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