Zito is God wrote:
The Newark Star-Ledger's Dan Graziano reports Toronto Blue Jays SP Roy Halladay is unhappy in Toronto and has let management know it. The front office has done quiet surveying of teams, such as the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers, to see what they could get for Halladay.
I simply cannot see Halladay getting dealt but it would basically make my fantasy team the favorite if he went to a team where the batters actually use bats instead of toothpicks to swing. I give it a 5% chance of happening, thoughts?
It's less. All of these rumours originate from a conversation Halladay had with Toronto reporters at the All-Star Game where he said he was frustrated with the consistent mediocrity every year. He didn't say anything about wanting out of Toronto, and has clarified that quite a few times in the media already. He even said that he's be open to a contract extension at the end of the year, and doesn't want to have to join a team like New York or Boston to win where winning is already firmly in place every year.
Also, Paul Godfrey, the president of the organization, came out and said Halladay is the "Derek Jeter of the Toronto Blue Jays." Godfrey with his political background seems to know the kind of effect a trade like this would have on Toronto's fanbase. The trade would be an awful sell to people, and it would kill nearly 50% of it, and there isn't that much left to begin with anyway. As long as he's here and making the decisions above JP's head, Halladay is going nowhere, even for an amazing package.
And can you imagine what kind of package it would even take to get Halladay? Why would a team that's trying to contend this year and for the foreseeable future trade him just for prospects? He's probably the best pitcher in the American League, if not the majors, and if they have plans to win, trading him away is not the best option. I'd imagine it would take atleast an Evan Longoria type, in addition to several other major league players, for this team to even consider trading the "Derek Jeter" of the franchise. Would any team in baseball be able to offer that?
This team isn't a small market seller, and their team isn't in shambles. Their 3rd order record is still quite good compared to the rest of the league, and really, they've always been one big hitter (Barry Bonds?) away from contending this season.