Rays interested in Halladay?

The Blue Jays are not against trading any player within the American League East, and the assumption has been that the Yankees and Red Sox will be the main suitors for ace pitcher Roy Halladay. It appears as though the Rays could also be in the mix.

On Monday, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Toronto reporters that he has discussed a potential three-way trade with at least one rival GM, saying, “It’s very rare that two teams line up exactly with what the needs are.”

A report on FOXSports.com noted that the Rays have talked to the Jays about Halladay, and the clubs have discussed including a third team. Tampa Bay could reportedly offer pitcher Wade Davis and outfielder B.J. Upton, and Toronto might consider flipping Upton to another club as part of the trade.

The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all train in Florida for spring, which is believed to be a requirement for Halladay when it comes to waiving his no-trade clause. The Phillies also fit into that category. The Angels have also been linked to the Halladay sweepstakes, but would likely only pursue the pitcher if he agreed to an extension as part of the trade.

With a desire to be on a team that has a chance to be a perennial World Series contender, as well as a preference to be with a club that trains near his Florida home, Halladay might be more open to talking about an extension with New York, Boston and Philadelphia than with the Angels or Rays.

–JB

4 Comments

Wade Davis certainly looks like the real deal. Here’s his draft report of early 2009.

The 24 year old 6’5″ 240 pound big right-hander has outstanding stuff combined with good command, consistency and outstanding poise. He can run his fastball up into the upper-90s and his hard curve is a plus pitch. His changeup and cutter have come a long way in the past year. Looking at his arsenal, size and delivery, one can easily see him as a future front≠-of-t≠he-ro≠tatio≠n pitcher.
Davis had 6 starts in September/October for TB and ended up with an era of 3.72, striking out 36 in 36 innings, while only walking 13, which is damn decent for a September call-up.

I think he’d look real good alongside Romero, Rzep, Purcey/Cecil and Marcum, with Litcsh, Richmond and Cecil/Purcey as back ups.

What is AA waiting for? Pull the trigger! Wade Davis and BJ Upton are better than 2 picks. That’s the baseline. 2 picks. If someone offers you something better than 2 picks, pull the trigger and make the deal. All of the GM’s know that Doc is on the block. Why draw it out? Give a deadline. Say that you have until 5 pm Tuesday to make your BEST offer. Whomever makes the best offer, take it. Roy’s value isn’t going up. PULL THE TRIGGER!

What is AA waiting for? Pull the trigger! Wade Davis and BJ Upton are better than 2 picks. That’s the baseline. 2 picks. If someone offers you something better than 2 picks, pull the trigger and make the deal. All of the GM’s know that Doc is on the block. Why draw it out? Give a deadline. Say that you have until 5 pm Tuesday to make your BEST offer. Whomever makes the best offer, take it. Roy’s value isn’t going up. PULL THE TRIGGER!

What is AA waiting for? Pull the trigger! Wade Davis and BJ Upton are better than 2 picks. That’s the baseline. 2 picks. If someone offers you something better than 2 picks, pull the trigger and make the deal. All of the GM’s know that Doc is on the block. Why draw it out? Give a deadline. Say that you have until 5 pm Tuesday to make your BEST offer. Whomever makes the best offer, take it. Roy’s value isn’t going up. PULL THE TRIGGER!

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