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.