SpecialFNK wrote:the Jays are making a mistake right now ..not by trading/not trading Halladay, but by not negotiating an extension.
Halladay likes to focus on pitching during the season. He leaves contract talks for the offseason and the Jays respect that. JP has said many times that he will try to re-sign him then.
ive heard that Halladay has said he is interested in resigning with the Jays after his contract is up after next season. not surprising, what else would he say? even if he wants to leave hes not going to say so. even if he does want to stay it all depends on money. he could get one of the biggest contracts for a pitcher. can the Jays afford that?
A couple of things...yes, the Jays can afford any player they want. They have an incredibly successful corporation that owns them, and I'm fairly confident they would be willing to give Halladay anything he asked from them. He is the Toronto Blue Jays right now.
However, I don't think Halladay's focus is money. It's never been about that. It's always been about having a chance at winning a World Series. If he feels he can accomplish that in Toronto still, he'll stay. If he doesn't feel that way, he'll probably go.
Also...the last time he signed a contract extension with the team he took a major bargain because he wanted to stay in Toronto. Who is to say it couldn't happen again?
the Jays could/should get one of the biggest return package of players for Halladay.
Judging by recent trades for aces, they wouldn't get anything near the production that Halladay will likely give for the remainder of his career.
i dont think the Jays should trade Halladay just to trade him and get what they can, but if they can get a package of players capible of getting then its probually the right move for the future of the organization. by trading Halladay sure its going to upset fans, but by keeping him/signing him long term for big bucks and pleasing fans they are going to continue to be what they have been.. an average team having to have everything go right in a season to contend in the AL East.
Trading away the best pitcher in baseball would only help to enhance the mediocrity of the organization, IMO. The real problem with the team has been the lack of overall spending, both in FA and especially the draft. They finally decided to go over slot last week like most of the other teams in baseball (at least, I hope they'll sign the players they drafted), which might be a sign that things are finally changing.
Here's the bottomline...if they are ever going to trade Halladay, it's going to come this winter, or more likely, the trade deadline of 2010. But that's assuming he doesn't re-sign in a few months from now.
Edit: It's nothing that I didn't just write, but here's the latest I could find on the trade talk, or lack thereof:
From last week: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-bbl ... 3529.story
Halladay will make $15.75 million next season, but the Blue Jays have 10 other starting pitchers with major league experience, none beyond his first year of salary arbitration next year.
That should leave money for Toronto to spend on offense, and that means Halladay probably won't be available this winter. Ricciardi said he plans to talk to Halladay about an extension in the off-season, but even without an agreement the Blue Jays probably will keep him and try to win next year too, even if that means losing him with nothing to show except draft picks.
"That's the way we look at it," Ricciardi said. "We've got a surplus of good, controllable young pitching. If we perform offensively, we could be in this thing. Without him, we know we can't.
"We're not going to be a playoff team without Roy Halladay."