The Brewers may be the biggest threat to the Phillies, but probably only if they're willing with shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar and maybe also top hitting prospect Mat Gamel. Left-hander Manny Parra's name is believed to be in the mix, as well.--Jon Heyman, on Halladay
Oof. The left side of the '09 IF (and make near league minimum for 3 years) and a younger lefty SP who throws 90+ sure seems like a lot to give up for a year and 2 months of a very good pitcher.
I was just thinking last evening, if you take a look at other names on the market, it seems likely the Crew could get a couple players who would certainly be an improvement (for example, Doug Davis and John Grabow, ignoring the fact ARI may be trying to negotiate an extension with Davis and I'm not sure PIT would deal Grabow to a division foe, but you get the idea) to the current 25 man, and get them both for far less than Halladay.
As I said the other day, I'd be more likely to trade for Halladay if I were in the Phillies' shoes, several games ahead, and setting up for the playoffs, than I am now. Do I want to see the Brewers in the playoffs, of course. I just see a huge part of the organizational future being bandied about for a 2 game improvement (if he replaces Parra in the rotation). If they win 87 instead of 85, and SL/CHI/HOU wins 89, it'd be a painful mathematical realization for many.
7/24/2009 08:55:00 AM
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