It is amazing the Twitter network has not crashed yet. It is a rapid fire of Roy Halladay rumors. What do we know? He and his agent, Greg Landry, have checked into a Philadelphia hotel. No, I don’t know which one.
What we are not certain about are the exact details for his visit. We know Ruben Amaro Jr has been talking with Blue Jays’ General Manager Alex Anthopoulos about a possible trade. Rumors say Halladay will be taking a physical later this week which would imply that a deal is close. There has also been speculation about a 3-team blockbuster trade which would send Cliff Lee somewhere, and Halladay to the Phillies. Lee is apparently wanting a contract extension in the area of 5 yrs/$100 million.
In my opinion, Phillies can go after Halladay. Have the Jays pay some of his $15 mil owed next season and extend is contract for about $17 or 18 mil a season. Keep Lee to pitch the first half of next season and then trade him at the deadline for prospects and a big league ready pitcher.
The only way I do not want to see this Halladay deal go down is with JA Happ leaving Philly. He is the future and the Phillies need to hold onto him.
Like I said, these are all rumors. My prediction as to what happens. Feelings aside. Phillies trade for Halladay. Happ is gone in deal. Blanton is gone via side trade. Not sure about Lee. But who am I?