While Theo Epstein loves Halladay, he doesn’t love the idea of giving up Clay Buchholz and Casey Kelly in the same deal. Halladay will be 33 by next season and needs to be signed long-term. He has a gifted shoulder, yes, but much like Josh Beckett’s, it has a lot of wear and tear on it.
So the spike in Halladay-Sox reports this past week fizzled about as quickly as the Sox-Johan Santana talks two years ago. Unless some sense of realism overtakes the Blue Jays, it’s not going to happen.
Gotta love how quickly the media assisted the Sox in making Kelly a cult-hero, untouchable prospect. This is the same Media Outlet that sets the price for the Yankees as Montero, Hughes/Joba, Austin Jackson
Jesus Montero, a slugging catching prospect, is the key element of any deal with the Yankees as far as the Jays are concerned. Montero is the best hitter among the Yankees' plethora of catching prospects - some scouts believe he has the potential to hit 40 home runs. The Jays likely also would require either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in the deal and perhaps another prospect, such as outfielder Austin Jackson.
According to a source, the Red Sox hierarchy is split on acquiring Halladay. GM Theo Epstein, the source said, does not want to surrender the Sox's prime homegrown products - pitcher Clay Buchholz, shortstop/pitcher Casey Kelly and pitcher Daniel Bard - the Blue Jays are seeking. But Sox owner John Henry is believed to be the driving force behind completing a deal, the source said.
So Montero+Hughes/Joba+Austin Jackson = Buchholz+ Kelley + Bard?