Game 97: Tampa Bay at Toronto pregame

JP.jpgHappy Halla-Day everyone. If this indeed the swan song of the good doctor in Toronto, let me just say that Roy Halladay has been a joy to cover over the past few seasons.

But, anyways…

We tried to chat some with GM J.P. Ricciardi before the game tonight, especially considering he altered his story about Halladay presenting the team with a list of teams to which he’d approve a trade. Ricciardi was in no mood for talking.

“We’re not talking about Halladay,” Ricciardi told reporters. “I’ll talk on the 31st. There’s not else to say.”

Fair enough, I guess. I mean, what else is there to say, really? Ricciardi said a whole lot on Thursday and ended up having to clarify a bunch of his comments. It’s possible that Ricciardi also irked Halladay a little by some of the things he revealed.

Here’s what we know: the Phillies continue to be the front-runner to land Halladay in a deal, there are at least four teams considered to have serious interest, and the Jays have run a list of teams by Doc to see where he’d prefer to be moved, if he’s moved. There were rumors that a deal was close with Philadelphia and could be finalized in the next 24 hours. That was inaccurate.

On Friday afternoon, manager Cito Gaston said he had Halladay penciled in the rotation well beyond the Trade Deadline. Asked what he thought about having to change his rotation in the event that Halladay is dealt, Gaston replied: “I don’t even want to think about it.”

Everyone seems to be chiming in on this Doc Halladay saga these days, too.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was asked about the Halladay rumors on Sirius XM radio and had this to say:

“We’ll see what happens. I’m hearing conflicting versions. They may get rid of him and today I was told by somebody with pretty good inside knowledge that they won’t get rid of him. Now whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. And, you know, clubs are going to start bidding it up.  On the other hand, if they know [the Jays] can’t sign him then they’re doing the smart thing.  So the Jays are going to have to make a reasoned judgment at some time: where are they better off in the future?  I’ll tell you one thing: they can get a lot for him and Doc Halladay is a great pitcher.”

“They’ve got to send him where they think they can get the most. I won’t make a judgment on that right now. I think, from everything I’m hearing – and that could change now, you know, this is a very fluid situation – but I think if he gets traded he’s going to wind up in the National League.”

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for Rays.jpgTAMPA BAY RAYS (52-44)
Third place AL East, 6.5 GB

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
6. Pat Burrell, DH
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Michel Hernandez, C
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Starter: RHP Matt Garza (6-7, 3.80)

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (47-49)
Fourth place AL East, 11.5 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Vernon Wells, CF
7. Alex Rios, RF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Joe Inglett, LF

Starter: RHP Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.73)

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One comment

  1. welikeroywelikeroy

    Everyone is tired of it … but we can’t stop talking about it!! Ricciardi should have played it much cooler. No doubt about that in my opinion. The media is just loving, and eating this up however! Maybe Ricciardi is trying to score brownie points with them?

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