Trade Deadline Open Thread: Wednesday

From the Archives: Doubts about Montero
Wednesday trade deadline open thread spillover

We might as well start one of these. For those of you hoping the Yankees land Ian Snell … he’s just been traded to Seattle.

Use this thread to talk about the trade deadline today, and please keep the other threads clear of off topic comments. Thanks.

Update by Joe (1:18 p.m.): Via MLBTR, Joel Sherman reports that Brian Cashman hasn’t even asked to expand the 2009 payroll. I suspect that if the right deal came along, it wouldn’t take much convincing. Money quote: “This is pertinent because the Yankees do believe that the Red Sox have put Clay Buchholz into a trade offer for Halladay and that Boston just might get the ace righty.”

Halladay to Boston is a scary proposition, but far from the end of the world. The Yankees do have some pitching questions, and I presume that with the loss of Chien-Ming Wang, their No. 2 starter heading into the season, that the Steinbrenners will allow for a payroll exception if it means shoring up the rotation.

Update by Joe (2:21 p.m.): It’s unofficial as of the moment, but MLBTR is chronicling the Cliff Lee to Philly trade. Looks like Lee and Ben Francisco for Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson. That should keep them away from Halladay. Could Toronto turn to Boston?

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From the Archives: Doubts about Montero
Wednesday trade deadline open thread spillover
  • The Lodge

    Snell to Seattle Cause Washburn’s about to go…?

    • whozat

      I hope not to the Yanks. Moving to the AL East, in the homer-haven that is YSIII, playing in Fenway, with an OF that is basically average instead of unearthly…the guy’s not going to be any better than he was last year, not on the Yanks.

      At least Mitre keeps the ball on the ground pretty well. Washburn will give up runs in bunches.

      • the artist formerly known as (sic)

        Washburn has added velo and is sporting great numbers this year. Maybe its a one-year fluke, but I’m optimistic about his prospects.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I’d still like Washburn. Yes he’s a fly ball pitcher, but we’re not expecting him to be Cy Young. We’re only expecting a guy who’s bettert than Mitre.

        • whozat

          And my point is that I don’t know that he will be. Moving a flyball pitcher to a homer-haven and making his OF defense worse is a recipe for disappointment.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I just posted this in the other trade deadline thread, but I’ll throw it back up here. It’s even more apropos, since the Mariners are apparently buyers and not sellers:

      ———-

      Tim Kurkjian on ESPN’s live SportsCenter about ten minutes ago:

      Q: Will Washburn end up in the Bronx?

      A: “My guess is no… He’s good, and the Yanks want him, but also keep in mind that the Yankees asked about Brian Bannister but weren’t willing to give up anything in return; that’s pretty much how the Yankees are doing things these days, they’re not giving up their best young prospects, and it’s going to take somebody pretty good to get Jarrod Washburn away from the Mariners, not just because of how well he’s pitched lately and the fact that the Mariners aren’t out of it yet, but I had a GM tell me yesterday that he thought Washburn was going to sign long term with the Mariners, therefore Seattle shouldn’t trade him.

      Now, Seattle is listening, of course, because it’s possible they could get two young players for him and help rebuild the team and then sign him in the offseason anyway, but again, if the Yankees aren’t willing to give up a pretty good piece, they’re not gonna get Jarrod Washburn from Seattle.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        How in the world does he know? Cashman has remained totally silent on what he’s willing to give up to get anybody.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          We’ve been sniffing all around all sorts of super buy low options, like Arroyo, Snell, Duchscherer, and Bannister. That indicates our unwillingness to give up anything of substance, which Kurkjian himself alluded to in pointing out that we didn’t trade for Bannister because we wouldn’t give up ANYTHING for him.

          • http://twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

            What is anything? It’s Brian Bannister. Jesus Montero for Brian Bannister? That’s definitely equal value, Stark.

        • Klemy

          Come on, Tim Kurkjian knows ALLLLLLLL! /wrists

          • JMK

            His article on the 100 pitch count was a pretty good read. He’s far better than most on ESPN.

            • Klemy

              That article was decent, I’m not arguing that. It’s his stupid opinion appearances during ESPN’s nightly coverage that annoy me.

              • JMK

                He sure doesn’t compare to a man of great genius like Kruk, but yes, he can be painful to watch.

                Davis is another one. The man can’t even speak English!

                I think Emmitt Smith should be an analyst for every sport on ESPN.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Davis is another one. The man can’t even speak English!

                  One of the most frightening things ever is watching Eric Young and Eduardo Perez have a conversation with each other on live TV.

        • Russell NY

          He doesn’t know. ESPN lost its credibility because of their Red Sox alliance.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Look, I know ESPN has some credibility issues, but there’s nothing in that Kurkjian statement that doesn’t either square with the reality that we already know about or hasn’t already been said by other writers/bloggers not affiliated with ESPN.

            We need to come to grips with the fact that Seattle is not a motivated seller on Washburn and will only move him if they get impressed with a serious offer. We’re not getting Washburn without giving up either one prospect in the AJax stratosphere or two prospects in the McAllister stratosphere.

            • mike jones

              Kurkjian is one of the only guys on ESPN who actually supports the Yankees

              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                He doesn’t “support” the Yanks, and we shouldn’t want him to. He’s a journalist, it’s better for him to try to do his job the right way than to have him be a cheerleader for a team.

              • Klemy

                It would be hard to argue his “support” of the Yankees.

    • SoCalYankeeFan

      Maybe it Washburn and a Mariner OF (Wladimir Balentien who was DFA’d a few days ago).

      SoCalYankeeFan 8)

  • Sam

    That sucks, I was hoping we could pick up Snell in a low-risk, medium-reward move. Anyone know anything about the prospects the Pirates got?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Pribanic and Adcock are pretty good prospects.

      • Thee4stringking

        Adcock is 5-7 with a 5.29 ERA in High-A, I don’t know if you’d call that good.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          But he has a name that could inspire a fantastic number of jokes, so that immediately improves his status as a prospect.

        • Klemy

          Yeah, but any time you adcock, it’s probably a good thing.

      • whozat

        And Clement has always had good minor league numbers and is still young…no fit for the Pirates, who don’t have a DH slot and who have some decent catching depth already.

        But he could be a solid trade chip for an AL team looking for a cost-controlled young hitter that can also backup catcher.

        • Thee4stringking

          They might convert Clement to 1B

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            They’ve already indicated they plan to move Doumit to 1B. That’s partially behind why they moved Adam LaRoche, to clear a spot for him.

            • whozat

              Oh. Strike my comment, then.

            • Thee4stringking

              Could this be a move in preparation to move Doumit?

          • whozat

            True. Though I’m pretty sure he’s played there, and I’m pretty sure he sucks at it. Still, yeah, they could do that.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Pribanic and Adcock

        Sounds like they got some prescription medicine and a Beastie Boy.

        • JMK

          I lol’d.

  • kevin

    Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcocknt and rodney ceda

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

    That makes me wonder if the M’s are gonna trade Washburn away…they are clearly still fighting.

    • Nady Nation

      Yea, I was gonna say – this seems like more of a buyer move than a seller move.

      • whozat

        Very true. Why would you get Wilson if you’re going to sell?

        • Thee4stringking

          Because if he signs an extension with the M’s, he could turn into their franchise SS?

          There is such a thing as being a buyer and still looking towards your future.

          • whozat

            Yes, there is, but the guy’s 31 years old. That is not an age at which you acquire a shortstop and look to extend him to be a cornerstone. That is an age at which you acquire him because he’s still good for now and then offer him arby when his deal expires because someone will probably sign him.

          • Nady Nation

            A 32 year old with a career OPS+ of 79 is going to be their SS of the future?

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “Because if he signs an extension with the M’s, he could turn into their franchise SS?”

            I get your point, but I think it’s a stretch calling Jack Wilson a “franchise SS.” The guy’s been great in the field in his career, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and he’s an awful hitter (only over 100 OPS+ twice in his career, last time was 3 years ago).

            • Thee4stringking

              ‘ESPN’s Buster Olney believes the Mariners might be inclined to exercise Wilson’s 2010 option, which wasn’t likely for the Pirates. Jack Zduriencik’s comments support this: “As we move forward over the next few years it is nice to know that we have solidified the shortstop position.”

              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                That’s great, but I still don’t think Jack Wilson is a “Franchise SS.” My point stands, I don’t think that info in your comment is a rebuttal.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  PS: You should note the source you’re quoting.

              • Thee4stringking

                Oh sorry, it’s MLBTR, i thought everyone would know where its from since they have it open on some other tab.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Yeah I know… It’s just poor-form to use someone’s work without citing it. And not everybody knows what you’re quoting.

        • Nady Nation

          Exactly. Very bizarre though. They’re 6.5 games out of the division and 7.5 out of the Wild Card. Are Wilson and Snell really gonna give them that extra push?

          • whozat

            Yeah, very weird. Though Zduriwhatever has made mostly good moves so far, so one tends to give him the benefit of the doubt. Still…weird.

            • Thee4stringking

              Jack Z has built his reputation in Seattle by completely flipping the system created by Bavasi. I doubt this is the last we’ll hear from the M’s this week.

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Does this say anything about the Mariners’ direction for 09? Are they still sellers?

  • John Duci

    The Phillies are going to get Lee. I really want the Yanks to get Duke.

    • whozat

      It’s the only move I’d make. The guys who are good create more holes than they patch, and the guys who aren’t that good won’t actually fix anything.

      I wish the Astros hadn’t had their yearly resurgence…they’re never going to get anywhere, but it kept Valverde off the market.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Which reminds me, Valverde is a free agent at year’s end. Bridge to Mowhere?

        • Thee4stringking

          I would have been inclined to trade for Valverde if the Astros weren’t contending right now.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Me too. I’m talking about signing him in the winter to join our setup corps.

            • jsbrendog

              he’ll want closer money and the opportunity to close because there’s mroe money in it and someone will throw it at him.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Perhaps.

                This will be an interesting winter, though, there’s lots of good relief arms available.

  • Tony

    Guess Snell wasn’t the “low cost, high upside” addition so many here thought him to be. There’s no one in this market worth their price. I’d rather do nothing.

    • Thee4stringking

      or trade for Arroyo, right?

      • Tony

        I’d rather have Arroyo for squat than trade 4-5 B-level prospects for bad pitchers, yeah.

        • Thee4stringking

          Meh, i’d still rather they go for Bannister instead.

          • Tony

            Bannister’s Cost in a trade >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arroyo’s

            • whozat

              Bannister’s pitching >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arroyo’s

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I don’t think you put enough >>>>>>>>>>>>>>’s in there.

                • whozat

                  The “>” key flew off my keyboard. I had to go buy a new one to type this post.

                • Tony

                  How about this: They aren’t trading for Bannister, and if they did you’d be incensed with what they had given up for a mediocre to bad starter.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Agreed. Equally, they aren’t trading for Arroyo, and if they did you’d be even more incensed with what they gave up for a starter FAR shittier than Bannister.

            • Thee4stringking

              The way Dayton Moore has been trading this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we could fleece him.

          • whozat

            I was down on him til I read the article on fangraphs. Turns out there’s reason to believe that his return to league-average is legit. He’s changed his pitches and his approach to generate more grounders.

            Can we send them Miranda and Shelley for Bannister? They love 1b/DH types that are too old to be prospects…

            • Thee4stringking

              I tend to think Miranda would in the majors right now if it wasn’t for Tex, and Mike Jacobs is failing pretty hard right now for the Royals…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          A) Arroyo is also a bad pitcher
          B) Nobody suggested trading 4-5 B-level prospects for bad pitchers, we suggested trading one or two C-level prospects for one or two bad pitchers who have some reason to believe that there is upside there, something that Arroyo doesn’t have since he’s pitching like crap as usual
          C) You’re still misinterpreting the Mariners deal. They didn’t trade 4-5 B-level prospects for Ian Snell, they traded them for Ian Snell AND JACK WILSON, AN ALL STAR SHORTSTOP.

          • Tony

            Jack Wilson sucks and his primary role in the trade is clearing money for Pittsburgh. Keep fooling yourself about what these players are going for.

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              “Keep fooling yourself about what these players are going for.”

              Oh… Wait… When you put it that way, clearly you’re right. Very persuasive reasoning.

              • Tony

                I can propose absurd trades on RAB all day. What’s the point of it?

                Hey, let’s trade De la Rosa for Gallardo. It’s like the people that call into FAN.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  That’s completely irrelevant to a conversation about the package the Pirates received for Wilson/Snell.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  To further my point, look at the instant media coverage. Everybody reporting on the trade is leading with “M’s trade for Wilson”. Snell is mentioned as a throw in. He’s buried below the fold. Wilson is the lede.

                  Nobody is saying that the M’s traded for Snell and Wilson. It’s Wilson and Snell, or Wilson by himself in the headlines.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  …you think there’s any truth to that WDLR=Gallardo rumors?

                  His kid is really funny, and his wife is very kind to the people that sit around them. They are both very family oriented, and would be good influences on Yoba.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Well, we were proposing to deal for Snell, not Snell AND Jack Wilson. That changes the price quite a bit.

      • Tony

        Jack Wilson obviously is of no value to the Yankees and this isn’t a trade they couldn’t make. Taking Wilson’s contract has a great deal of value in itself. I think a good portion of the commenters here have wildly underestimated the asking price on these “bargains” so many of you have identified.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          [ facepalm ]

          I’m not talking about us dealing for Wilson at all. I’m saying that Seattle wanted Snell AND Wilson, so they gave up more. We only wanted Snell, so we would have given up less.

          FAR less, since Wilson is the one with more trade value.

          • Tony

            You realize that Jack WIlson is 31, makes 7million dollars, and is hitting 260/300/380, right? You’re kidding yourself right now. They traded quite a bit to take on an old bad player and 7 million dollars of payroll. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Snell was the primary target here.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I’m going to go out on a limb and say Snell was the primary target here.

              The only person on that limb is you. That statement is ludicrous. Jack Wilson will be starting games for the M’s before the week is out. He’s a definite. Ian Snell is just a maybe.

              • Tony

                They’ll both be starting games, and if you think they deal Jeff Clement for Jack Wilson, you must also think their GM is retarded.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I can’t believe I’m really having a conversation with a guy who’s trying to tell me that Ian Snell is the centerpiece of a deal for Ian Snell and Jack Wilson. This is seriously mind boggling. I’m flabbergasted than anyone would know who Ian Snell and Jack Wilson are and think that it was Snell and not Wilson that the Mariners were hard after.

                  You’re making my mind melt. I didn’t know people could know so little about so much.

                • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

                  “I am ANGRY. ANGRY about JACK WILSON.”

                • Tony

                  I’m am flabbergasted that you think you have some kind of insight on Ian Snell that Zduriencik doesn’t. As if you’re the only who has any idea about Snell’s capabilities and MLB GMs are too blown away by names and undeserved accolades to realize that Jack WIlson sucks.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          How so? The Pirates got Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock for Ian Snell AND Jack Wilson. I think that’s a nice little package going to Pittsburgh, but if you think that means that the price for Snell was high than you’re overestimating that package and not taking Wilson’s inclusion in the deal into account.

          Nothing about this deal says that Snell wasn’t a decent option as a buy-low target.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Agreed. That price was about 70% Jack Wilson and 30% Ian Snell.

  • mryankee

    I think its time to go all in for Halladay-The Yanks cannot let him go to Boston-that would be a killer-However I do have one question-does Washburn not have better numbers than Halladay this year? I know Halladay is a better pitcher but for this year maybe washburn is an equal pickup for less money-players. In the end the yankees have come to far to let Halladay go to boston

    • whozat

      I think it’s time to realize that the Sox aren’t going to trade for Halladay either. They need offense much more than pitching.

    • Kilgore Trout

      That would certainly make me lose a lot of interst in the nightly DOTF posts.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      No to all of that.

      No to trading valuable young players for 32 year old Roy Halladay, and no to doing it to keep Boston from doing it.

      • Tom Zig

        Boston is trying to trick us into trading for Halladay.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Just like they were trying to trick us into trading for Johan Santana.

          We didn’t fall for it then, let’s hope we don’t fall for it this time.

        • toad

          Or Toronto is.

  • MP

    MIKE,

    Any chance of a live chat later today to discuss trade deadline stuff?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      As much as I’d like to, I can’t. Friday’s the only day I can pull that off.

  • John Duci

    It looks like Halladay may be going to Boston. I keep hearing on ESPN that their ready to deal Bucholz and increase their offer from their last one… not good

    • Nady Nation

      “I keep hearing on ESPN that their ready to deal Bucholz and increase their offer from their last one…”

      Consider the source.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        ESPN has already admitted that the deal Yahoo! Sports has been pimping (Halladay for Buchholz, Bowden, and Westmoreland) is dead.

      • ChrisS

        I would think that Halladay for Bucholz without Bowden and Lars Anderson would be a steal for the Red Sox.

        Jed Lowrie ain’t that great and neither is Bucholz or Ellsbury.

    • Nady Nation

      “I keep hearing on ESPN that their ready to deal Bucholz and increase their offer from their last one…”

      Consider the source.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        DAMMIT!!!

        espn just said that i’m included in their deal to Toronto…wtf am i going to do in Canadia? i’m a @#$@# American financial planner…

    • whozat

      Wait…ESPN talking up BOSTON?!?!?!

      The hell you say. That couldn’t be the Sox leaking misinformation to try to push the Yankees into giving up two young starters with major league success (admittedly, one in the ‘pen) for one 32-year old pitcher with a year and a half left on his deal, could it?

    • The Lodge

      Wishful thinking (on the part of the rEd Sox Pandering Network)?

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

    Wierd that the M’s are buying instead of selling…or maybe they will do both?

    They are 4 games over .500 at 52-48, which puts them 3rd in the AL West 7.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Glendale, Pasadena, Long Beach, Compton.

    They are also 6.5 games behind Boston for the Wild Card, but would have to leap frog 3 teams to be in the lead.

    So, basically, I have no idea what they are doing, sellers? buyers? both? They might know just as much as I do.

    • whozat

      Read an article the other day lamenting the loss of the wheelin’-dealin’ GMs of yore. Maybe the Seattle guy knows he’s out of it, but instead of having a firesale he’s turning some quantity into a bit of quality so that he can make a package that’ll get back a blue chipper?

      I mean, no one’s trading a blue-chip prospect for Washburn + those five guys. But maybe someone who needs pitching and middle infield help would trade a blue chipper for Washburn + Wilson? The Angels?

  • John Duci

    I hate how if the Yanks want Halladay we would have to trade Hughes and Joba but the Redsox centerpiece of a deal would be Bucholz. I think Hughes and Joba >>>>> Bucholz. Why do the Yanks always have to give up more??

    • Tony

      Bucholz isn’t close to enough for Halladay. If a trade does happen, that won’t be anything near the final package.

      • John Duci

        I wasnt saying Halladay for Bucholz straight up. I was just sayin why is Bucholz the centerpiece of the Redsox offer when our offer has to include Hughes and Joba.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          We don’t know that an offer from the Yankees would have to include both Hughes and Joba.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            And we don’t if any of the Red Sox deals would have to include ONLY Bucholz. So far every time we’ve heard those kinds of deals they’ve been debunked as crap.

          • John Duci

            Yes we do. On MLBTR today it said Cashman spoke to J.P. and it would take both Hughes and Joba.

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Again: We don’t know that an offer from the Yankees would have to include both Hughes and Joba.

              I love how half the time conversation concerning baseball media centers on how biased and ill-informed the media is, and the other half of the time we take media-reported rumors as gospel.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                really? you love that carp? i dont even like it :(

          • toad

            Can we distinguish between offers and accepted offers here? Who says the Jays are going to take Bucholz and co.?

    • mryankee

      I am not sure how much riccardi likes bucholz-I saw him pitch and he is not anything special-way overrated-I dont think he would be enough-

    • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

      I wouldnt worry about Clay being the centerpiece of any deal unless it’s the entire farm that goes with him, which would kind of be nice. RS giving up everything for 32 year old? Sure, they might win a WS with him, or even two. But at what cost? When the Yanks plug in Montero, AJax, and Z-Mac in a couple of years, the Sox will be scrambling.

      • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

        Isn’t the whole point of MLB to win the World Series…and if you can buy 2 for the cost of the farm(which you get a chance to replenish EVERY YEAR in the draft and IFA signings) ALL WORTH IT?

        • ChrisS

          Are you a fan of the Marlins?

          • JMK

            IETC

  • The Lodge

    Cliff Lee – if he goes to Phillies – really drives down the cost for Doc, No?

    • Thee4stringking

      It really messes up the leverage Toronto has, almost forcing them to lower their price to a different team. As much as I’d like Toronto to get a minimum return on him, the last thing I want is him ending up on the Red Sox.

      • Chip

        Or they could just wait until the offseason when teams might be more willing to take on payroll. Toronto still has a ton of leverage due to the fact that Halladay isn’t a free agent until after next year.

        • Doug

          yes, but then he obviously impacts only one season and not two. hence, the speculation that their best deal is now.

  • mryankee

    I am not saying he is definitely going to Boston-but if there is any chance the Yankees have to be involved and what the hell is so special about Bucholz I have seen himpitch and I dont get it at all-how the hell would bucholz be a good deal headliner-when they have Bard-but in the end the yankees cannot committ suicide and let halladay go to boston-that leaves us with cc aj and pary for rain.

    • whozat

      “how the hell would bucholz be a good deal headliner-when they have Bard”

      What? Bard is a reliever with one pitch over which he has shitty control.

    • Tampa Yankee

      1.) Back away from the cliff
      2.) Even if the Sox do get Halladay, as good as that 1-2-3 will be, they still are trotting out Penny and Smoltz every 5 days.
      3.) Plus that doesn’t solve their offense problems

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Sorry, but I think if the Sox get Halladay it will be very, very tough to win the division.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Can Halladay hit? No?

          Then no.

        • Chip

          I don’t, figure Halladay has 12 starts left. Let’s say that instead of going 7-5 in those starts, they go 9-3. That’s only a two game difference when they’d literally have to sell the farm to get him. If Toronto didn’t like the Phillies package, they’d probably ask for Bucholz, Bard, Bowden and Lars from the Sox.

          And all of that is probably a best-case scenario. Like it was mentioned earlier, they’d still be running out Wakefield and Smoltz/Penny all the time.

          • Doug

            and how is that any worse than what we’re running out there at 4 and 5?

            • Chip

              It’s about the same to maybe a little worse than we’re at for our 4 and 5 starters but then again we have guys who can hit on our team.

        • Tampa Yankee

          Never said they wouldn’t be tough to beat, I just think this doom and gloom the season is over BS if they get Halladay is nonsense. Getting Doc and having that 1-2-3 does not guarantee them anything (see Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine led Braves).

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I saw Bucholz and was unimpressed on the whole.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Someone call JP, ASAP! Rocky Road Redemption saw Buchholz and was unimpressed on the whole!

        (I keed, I keed)

  • K.B.D.

    The only reason the Yankees should be involved with Halladay is to drive up the price. They shouldn’t get him just to keep him away from Boston. That’s a bad way of doing business.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

    With some of those prospects from the Phils being held out of lineups, it looks like Philly is gonna get Lee.

    What does that do to the trade value of Halladay? And Washburn?

    I’d say it keeps Halladay’s price ridiculously high and def increases Washburn’s…

    • Doug

      if they feel like they “have” to trade halladay at this point, they’d lose leverage with the phils out of the mix. price might have to drop.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    No Washburn, plz.

  • Doug

    1:03pm: Gordon Edes and Tim Brown of Yahoo report that the Phillies appear to be “on the verge” of acquiring Cliff Lee from the Indians for Carrasco, Knapp and at least two of Donald, Marson and Michael Taylor.

    • mryankee

      Gordon edes also broke the red sox trade theory yesterday and that was shot down by peter gammons about 10 minutes later-

  • Alex M

    Where do the Yanks go from here? We need pitching depth if we are to make it deep into the postseason, if for no other reason that it will allow for the conservation of some of our most valuable pitchers (Sabbathia, Burnett, Hughes, Rivera). The Pirates are clearly in sell mode, perhaps Duke or Maholm as options? I think Doug Davis or Garland would represent good inning-eating options to save the Yanks staff and allow them to skip Joba’s starts so that he may be a more effective starter (or reliever) when it counts. Who else could be on the radar other than the overrated and destined to decline Washburn? Maybe they go pure relief with Downs or Bell?

  • billbybob

    Well now it will be much less complicated for the Yanks to aquire both Ian Snell and Washburn.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Heh.

  • Anthony

    Cliff Lee to Phillies. Asking price to move down on Halladay. bad news for the yanks red sox made offer, with Bucholz and Bowden, now willing to offer either Masterson or Bard to: They might get Halladay :(

    • whozat

      Wait…so, now that the Jays have the ONLY big name pitcher, the price is moving DOWN?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Well, they lost their main buyer. They can’t play any Phillies package of prospects off of the Yankees, Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, etc.

    • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

      I really don’t think Bucholz, Bowden, and Masterson/Bard do it. The Jays should DEFINITELY hold out for more.

    • Russell NY

      Yankees wouldnt let this happen. They would offer Austin Jackson, Montero, and Joba before this happens.

      • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

        Wrong.

        At least they wouldnt offer it with the intention of actually DOING it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I don’t even think we’d offer it as a joke.

          That deal is horrible for us.

      • Tampa Yankee

        Making a trade to block the Sox from getting Doc would be s dumb move. You make trades to fill needs not block other teams’ trades.

      • Chip

        I hope this is a joke

  • mryankee

    Well can anyone tell me how any teams 123 would beat Beckett-Lester-Halladay. I am sorry to say it believe me but that would be overwhelming, especially the way CC looked last night-

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

      I’m not worried about CC, but I agree that a rotation with Beckett/Lester/Halladay and the Sox’s bullpen with Pap (minus the misstep last night) is pretty hard to beat.

      Hopefully the Jays are looking for less of a package for Halladay, now that it appears the Phils are out of the running.

      I’m still sticking to my Joba/ Montero [i]or[/i] AJax / + 2 more solid guys for Doc.

      It’s a move for the now and for the future. He’d only be 33 at the end of his current contract so extending him for 3 or 4 more years wouldn’t be that crazy.

      • mryankee

        well as I said all this is rumors and we should all know until the deal is done rumors usually end up being not true. Unti the jays actually deal hallday I wont believe it-If he is still set to og today that should be a sign-if this thing with the sox is all but done why would he be pitching this afternoon

      • Chip

        Why on Earth would we give up Joba/Montero/A-Jax plus more to get Halladay? First of all, this move only MARGINALLY upgrades the current team as you’d be replacing Joba in the rotation with Halladay. If the Yankees traded for Halladay and were still forced to use Mitre in the rotation, then this could possibly go down as one of the most stupid trades in history.

  • Doug

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the latest on the Yankees, and it sounds like they could have a quiet trade deadline. Sherman says the team is showing no inclination to pursue Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee, and has not engaged in extensive talks for Jarrod Washburn. They’re not in on Bronson Arroyo, Doug Davis, or Jon Garland either. Sherman believes the Yanks might be content to let the Red Sox get Halladay:

    A person close to the Steinbrenner family said that Cashman has not even asked permission to expand the 2009 payroll nor is there anticipation that ownership would allow a significant financial increase now. This is pertinent because the Yankees do believe that the Red Sox have put Clay Buchholz into a trade offer for Halladay and that Boston just might get the ace righty.

    • John Duci

      -Copied and pasted straight from MLBTR

      • Doug

        yes, should i have mentioned that? apologize if i should have

        • whozat

          It’s standard practice…always good to attribute sources, even when paraphrasing

          just throw in an “h/t” (hat tip)

  • Kiersten

    “A person close to the Steinbrenner family said that Cashman has not even asked permission to expand the 2009 payroll nor is there anticipation that ownership would allow a significant financial increase now.”

    When has this ever been an issue?

    • Kiersten

      I still don’t see the Sox getting Halladay. Jays fans are going to go nuts to see the face of their team pitch for a division rival without the absolute maximum return. And that return is certainly not Buchholz + prospects.

      • Kiersten

        I don’t know why that posted here, was supposed to be a separate comment.

    • Scooter

      Operative word is “significant” – means probably no Lee and no Halladay (and thankfully, no Arroyo)

      I’d expect Cash to stay engaged enough with the Halladay sweepstakes to ensure the Sox pay a lot for Doc… and he’ll look for back-of-the-rotation types to fill out the rotation, and maybe another pen arm.

      Who is this mysterious source? Trost? Levine? Billy Connors at the horse track? Or is Hank making anonymous calls from a phone booth?

  • The Lodge

    The interesting thing from Heyman is that if the Jays can’t move Doc, then League or Frasor could become available. What kind of package would it take for either of those guys?

  • gio

    If the Phils get Lee, all signs point to RS getting Doc. Yikes.

    • Russell NY

      Its all smoke and mirrors. I don’t see why the Sox would be making a run at a pitcher. They have Dice-K, Lester, Bucholz, Penny, Beckett, Masterson, and Wakefield.

      They are just putting this down to block the Yankees, that is all. They know the Yankees need a pitcher.

      The Red Sox need hitting, not pitching.

      • gio

        They have Beckett and Lester. Fixed.

      • Russell NY

        And Smoltz. Despite poor performances, they dont need halladay

  • Kilgore Trout

    Question: Which side balked at the Rios for Lincecum trade a couple years back?

    • gio

      Giants,

    • whozat

      I don’t think that was the trade. I thought there was a Rios/Cain trade that was offered, but I can’t remember who proposed it.

      • C Bleak

        Correct, it was a Rumor to begin with and the players were Cain for Rios. Keyword here is rumor.

  • DreDog

    Let the Sox get Halladay. It will be that much better when we beat them.

    The only thing I ask is that the Jays rape their farm system.

    • jsbrendog

      +10,000,000,000,000

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      True, but you’re just tearing down one opponent to build up another.

      I’m just saying.

      • Chip

        I know this doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense but I’d rather the Blue Jays were good than the Red Sox. Maybe it’s just because my uncle who I can’t stand is a Boston fan and it’d make my day to see the guy suffer through another 100 years of no WS.

        • Russell NY

          All it would make is your day? :)

          • Chip

            What can I say, I’m not very easily impressed

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          No, I get that. It definitely helps us for the Sox to get worse even if the Jays get better, just because the Jays don’t have the ability to replenish their talent like the Sox do.

          I was just saying, I’d be happy if the Jays gutted the Sox farm, but I wouldn’t be going shitballs ecstatic, because the Jays would then become better, which is a concern (albeit a smaller one, all things considered).

      • Tom Zig

        But its Toronto, they’ll find a way to suck

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Well said.

    • ARX

      Sorry, I’m trying to be optimistic…but the Sox are a tough enough team for us as it is, and any game against Halladay is a 90% chance of a golden shower, and all signs point to the price going DOWN, instead of up. Even with their problems with offense, no way getting Doc doesnt make them as close to a lock for the WC as you can get in baseball, and until further notice our potential playoff rotation is still, essentially, CC/AJ/…/…!?!?
      God forbid the Jays go into ‘take what they can get’ mode and drop the price even further, but either way, I dont see any bright side whatsoever to Halladay-to-the-Red Sox, short or long term.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        really–no snark–either golden shower doesnt mean what you think it means, or you are REEEEALLY upset (or freakishly pleased) when somebody loses to Doc…

        if the sox put it to the jays in the doc trade, the jays will go away and not come back for another five years. if the jays put it to the sox, the sox future hangs on one pee-soaked sock this time, and while the jays do get better, they’re still a nearly irrelevant fourth place team. and if that offends them, they can meet the rays behind the school at 3.

        the sox can have all the pitchers they want not on the yankees–we cant beat them, but they wont be in the playoffs this year.

  • zs190

    Honestly, you don’t make this deal if you are Seattle and then turn around and trade Jarrod Washburn. Jack Wilson only makes sense if you intend to win now. So to me, that means no Washburn for us for sure.

    I still think Aaron Harang makes the most sense for us. He’s been durable and has had great peripherals. His BABIP number is significantly higher than career norms so he’s been unlucky. He’s signed for 11 million this year, 12.5 next year, 12.75 in 2011 with 2 million buyout, a tad expensive but if the Reds eat say 3 million or so, it doesn’t seem too bad to have Harang for about 10 million next year as a #3 or #4 starter considering there aren’t that many good pitchers available this FA.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, but we probably won’t like the price on Harang.

      • zs190

        That’s certainly possible. I think the most I would offer would be ZMac, Higashioka, and maybe Whelan or Dunn.

  • Paul O’neil

    joba and 2 prospects offered by yankees for doc

    • Joan Iz My Brohan

      You are obviously lying sir

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Either gimme a substantiated link, or go in the corner and bash that watercooler and leave us alone.

      • Nady Nation

        And learn how to spell your name correctly.

      • Nady Nation

        And learn how to spell your name correctly.

        • Nady Nation

          Fuck, I’m terrible with double posting.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Not terrible enough, apparently…

            • Nady Nation

              Touche.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    FWIW, it’s Buchholz.

    Thanks.

    • Russell NY

      Value = $0. Just kidding :)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      The extra “H” is for “Hall-of-Famer”.

  • D

    LMAO @ the fact he thinks Cashman has to ask to increase payroll. Sherman is a moron and the Post is for people who cant read.

    • jsbrendog

      wow. have you read anything on the yankees this year? common sense and deduction would denote that in any situation where payroll is significantly impacted cashman would need the ok from Hal.

      See: Mark teixeira signing. Cashman had to call Hal and lobby to sign him cause he fell into their laps.

      • Russell NY

        Tex wanted to be a Yankee. You think Halladay would want to follow his buddy Burnett?

        • jsbrendog

          this point is completely irrelevant to the fact that cashman had to consult hal to get permission to sign him and increase the payroll so significantly going forward because there were no plans to take on another free agent.

          so while i dont disagree, our points are divergent.

          and, I only hope halladay wants to follow his buddy burnett if the cost is none of joba/hughes./ajax/montero. but since it isn’t i could care less where he goes

      • Kiersten

        Well of course he has to ask, but who really thinks he’s going to say no?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Well, yes, Sherman is a moron (sometimes) and yes, the Post is for people who can’t read (including it’s writers), but no, Cashman does need to ask to increase payroll. If he didn’t have to ask, Mike Cameron would have been our centerfielder all year long.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “…the Post is for people who can’t read (including it’s writers)…”

        Silly mistakes are funny.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Touché.

  • Doug

    sherman just chimed in that the phils and indians are “very close”

  • Joan Iz My Brohan

    “Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi indicated that it’s unlikely he’ll make a deal for Roy Halladay” on MLB.coms front page. Though this could mean ‘anything’ at this point, I really do think that Boston’s alleged offer is there to simply block other teams like the Yankees and make them pay more.

    At some point you have to find it odd, that not only were the Sox connected to every big name possibly available on the trade market, but they were also connected to Tex, and to some extent Burnett. The sox are either doing their homework, or the media is connecting things together.

    I just find it strange that Buccholz is the all-important piece in everydeal, and how they could supposedly get away with trading Buccholz, Lowrie, Anderson/Reddick, and the like in every deal. A combination of 3 of those 4 players is worthless to me.

    • Mikebk

      he wants phil AND joba but will take buchholz and crap. talk about collusion.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Collusion? Any talk of collusion is laughably ridiculous.

        Sincerely,
        Bud Selig

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          I’m Barry Bonds, and I approve this message.

      • D

        I know i almost shit myself when I saw that

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I’m not sure you understand the meaning of the word “collusion.” Nothing you said has anything to do with collusion.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          -Germans?
          -Nevermind, he’s on a roll.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I LOL’d, it never gets old. Very nice.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I was also considering going with:

              -INCONCEIVABLE!
              -You keep using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • Mikebk

    if philly gives up knapp, taylor and marson or donald along with crappy carrasco they gave up a really large amount and might as well have just given up drabek to get roy.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Drabek is way better than any of Knapp, Taylor, Marson, Donald, or Carrasco.

      And that’s a false dichotomy, because it wouldn’t have been just Drabek by himself, it would have been Drabek AND several of those guys.

      • Mikebk

        my point was if the differential in the deal was basically drabek or knapp to get roy vs lee, you give up drabek.

        scouts have given slight edges to brown over taylor, but not significant differentials. so basically it ends up with knapp for lee or drabek to get roy.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, no.

          If all other prospects in the two deals are equal and it’s just an either/or, I’d much rather keep Drabek and add Lee than keep Knapp and add Halladay.

          The difference between Drabek and Knapp is bigger than the one between Lee and Roy.

        • Mikebk

          and now that they got it done without taylor i take it all back. basically knapp for lee is a great trade for philly especially with lee only making 8 mil next year.

        • A.D.

          Lee is also cheaper

    • zs190

      Depends on how you view Knapp. There’s definitely a lot of people that think he’s no more than a power reliever in the future. Reliever vs a #3-#2 is a big difference.

  • Hova

    “Not the end of the world”. Really Mike? Halladay, Beckett and Lester. That should strike the fear of God in all Yankee fans.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I didn’t write that, Joe did. And yes, if the Sox had that front three it would be scary, but not the end of the world. Their problem is scoring runs and the bullpen.

      • Hova

        Sorry about that. Missed that it was Joe. I’m just saying that in a playoff series against them, if they’re sending out Halladay, Beckett and Lester, they would have to give it away to lose.

        • Chip

          Not even Halladay, Beckett and Lester can win games unless their offense can score a run or two.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          who cares?? we wont be playing them in the playoffs this year…so that makes all this front three crap a moo point…

    • jsbrendog

      nope. not striking anything into me.

      • Chip

        Agreed, it’ll just make beating them more fun :D

    • AndrewYF

      Their pitching has been mostly lights-out in July. But their record is 11-11. Acquiring Halladay would be good for the playoffs, but even with that rotation the playoffs are not a guarantee.

    • Ivan

      Yeah it would be scary, but it wouldn’t be OMG, im gonna piss my pants scary though.

  • E-ROC

    Justin Duchscherer, please.

    • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

      Yep. It’s a damn slam dunk unless Cashman knows something we dont.

      • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

        Not saying it WILL happen, just saying it SHOULD. Slam dunk in the sense that it makes a lot of sense.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Thirded.

    • D

      thats who I’d like, Hes coming off an injury and should be cheaper option than any of the others and when he was healthy last year there was no debate that he a solid starter

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

      for who?

      • E-ROC

        What’s a modest prospect? Kevin Whelan? I wouldn’t know who to give up for Duchscherer.

    • zs190

      I would be happy with this too, though a lot depends on his health.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        He’ll be ready in a couple of weeks at the latest. Already finished his rehab program and throwing in minor league games.

  • bonestock94

    Theres no way Ricciardi will be so picky with everyone and accept crap from the Red Sox. If Halladay goes to the Sox it will be bad news but their farm will take a major blow.

  • Mikebk

    does JP really have any leverage if the phils get lee?

    • D

      How can he not he doesnt have to trade Halladay, he can hold on to him until the offseason and move him where he can probably get more for Doc

      • AndrewYF

        Not if Halladay can demand a trade, or else free agency.

        • jsbrendog

          he can only do that if traded this season i believe.

      • Mikebk

        there is no way he gets more value for roy in the offseason than he would have in a pennant race, just doesnt happen. not to mention the intrigue of roy is the chance because you have for a year and 2 months to give up pieces to have a shot at 2 titles not 1. instead he will be looking at johan type packages.

  • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

    I thought the whole point of playing ANY MLB season was to win the World Series….Am I wrong?

    Lets say you give up 4 top notch prospects, you don’t think that for the 1.5 years you have Doc, you can draft another round of “top notch” prospects and/or sign IFA?

    Then say you let him go and you get 2 Draft picks? Doesn’t that replenish the farm?

    I don’t get it….besides Joba and Hughes, what has our farm system produced lately? IPK? lol….even go back 10 years….what Ted Lilly and Nick Johnson? come on….Make the trade for a known commodity, win the WS, then draft wisely again next year…..

    • Russell NY

      It’s hard when you win and have one of the best records every year yielding some high picks. I know there are exceptions but come on.

    • Joan Iz My Brohan

      I agree, because the Yankees will draft Bryce Harper……

    • jsbrendog

      chien ming wang, robinso cano, francisco cervelli, alfonso soriano, alfredo aceves, brett gardner, marcus thames, omir santos, dioneer navarro, ted lilly, and im sure there are some i am missing.

      • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

        WOW…you can fill out an all-star roster with that…

        Not one is even close to Doc.

        I’ll give you the three IFA signings were very good…..but the rest of those actually prove my point.

    • Chip

      Yeah prospects don’t win WS. I mean look at the dynasty teams of the 90’s that had Jeter, Pettite, Posada, Bernie………shit let’s try this again.

      Last year’s Phillies championship team had mercenaries like Hamels, Howard, Rollins, Utley…..damn this is really hard!

      Well…….anyhow prospects aren’t important because I don’t get to see them play now and they’re not a shiny new toy!

      • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

        FYI Chip, Brian Cashman and our current “regime” didn’t have anything to do with that.

        • jsbrendog

          how is that relevant?

        • Chip

          You just don’t get the fact that it takes years to build up a good farm system. From 2000 onward, this whole mentality that prospects are just there to trade for shiny new toys. They can’t just go out and refill the farm through the draft and IFA each year. For one, IFA are so out there that you have no idea what they’ll become and they usually don’t bear fruit for at least 6-8 years. As for the draft, it’s weird but we can’t just sign all the best guys as they’re taken ahead of us.

          The mentality of giving up anything to get a pitcher that will soon start to decline is how we ended up with Kevin Browns and Randy Johnsons.

          The whole idea is to develop what you can through your farm and use your financial muscle to add free agents like Tex and CC who are just starting their prime years. So by that logic, you keep Joba and Hughes and then pair them with somebody like Felix Hernandez in a few years.

  • D

    MLBTR says the Phils would also get Ben Francisco in the deal, good move by the Phils if it works

  • Russell NY

    12:42pm: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the sides have agreed to a deal that sends Lee and Francisco to Philly for prospects.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Cite your sources. New RAB Commenting Guideline?

      • Russell NY

        12:42pm: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the sides have agreed to a deal that sends Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to Philly for Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson. The teams still have to examine medical records for the deal to go through.

        • Thee4stringking

          I am REALLY surprised that Philly still has Brown, Taylor, and Drabek, wow.

          • AndrewYF

            They could make a play for Halladay if they wanted. Jeez.

        • jsbrendog

          source. its simple

          from mlbtr:

          yada yada yada

          • Russell NY

            Yea, from MLBTradeRumors. I didn’t think these things came from anywhere else haha

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I know… Like I (and others) said above, it’s just poor form to use someone’s work without citing it. Not everyone knows who you’re quoting, and even if they did, you should give the author credit.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                The least you can do is just say:

                -MLBTR

                We’ll all know where to go looking if you do that. It only means pressing 6 extra keys. Not too much to ask.

    • Thee4stringking

      Steal for the Phillies. Absolute.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yup. Fransisco puts them over the top. Getting Lou Marson was a nice coup for the Indians, though, he’s no slouch.

        • Thee4stringking

          Doesn’t make up for the fact that they give up the reigning Cy Young winner + Francisco for a 24 year old SS prospect, a C, and two pitchers. If they had one of Drabek, Brown, or Taylor along with that group, then i’d be inclined to say it was a fair deal.

  • Paul O’neil

    have a friend that works for espn insider. joba and 2 prospects, not sure who they are though

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H.

      come on guy, it wasn’t funny when you said it the first time about 20 mins ago…

    • Captain Wiley

      ….and my cat is a consultant for ESPN The Magazine and she hasn’t mentioned one word of this. You may want to check your sources.

    • jsbrendog

      i believe this even less now then when you posted it the first time.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Oh, come on, HE KNOWS A GUY! And naturally, he thus comes to a Yankee blog THAT HE NEVER POSTS ON WITH ANY REGULARITY to share his inside information with us.

        (rolls eyes)

        • jsbrendog

          and misspell a fan favorite’s name

          tsk tsk

        • Chip

          My cousin, (you guys might know him, some catcher with a deity complex) just called me and was packing his bags to head to Canada. Said his buddies Joba and Phil were going there with him.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m having sex with both Brian Cashman and J.P. Riccardi. They both told me personally a deal is imminent, while we were all having a nasty three-way.

            • Chip

              So……you’re saying they had another team involved? Maybe the Pirates are putting Adcock in the deal. The Yankees sure could use more prospects with names like Adcock now that our Wang is shut down for the season

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                (golf clap)

            • Jack

              /ironhorse’d

    • JohnC

      Is this the same friend who’s sister’s girlfriend’s boyfriend’s friend passed out at 31 Flavors last night? Guess it’s pretty serious!

  • AndrewYF

    What a great deal for Philidelphia. They get Lee AND another major leaguer for a package that doesn’t surround Drabek.

    One wonders if the Yankees couldn’t have matched it without including Joba or Hughes.

    • D

      people always try to rape the yanks for specs

      • AndrewYF

        except when they don’t. See: Bobby Abreu, Nady/Marte, Nick Swisher, Hinske.

        • ChrisS

          Abreu – Major salary dump by the Phillies

          Nady/Marte – the Yankees were bidding against themselves for a guy having a career half-season and 30+ reliever, and gave up a promising OFer – regardless of what you thought of Tabata after he was traded.
          Swisher – salary dump of a player that had several altercations with the manager.

          Hinske – a bench guy salary dump

          None of those guys = Halladay or Lee, except possibly Abreu, but he was 32, declining, and owed a lot of money when he was traded.

  • nick blasioli

    we sure as hell need at least two pitchers…..i absolutely hate to hear that they will sit on their hands the next couple of days…it makes me sick to think that boston would get doc..if that happens,,the yanks can forget the series or maybe even the playoffs..mr. cashman please dont let that happen…

    • jsbrendog

      it makes me sick to think that boston would get doc.

      you should see a doctor cause that is def not what is making you sick.

      if that happens,,the yanks can forget the series or maybe even the playoffs..

      this isn’t even remotely able to be proven through anything other than you being sick, which as previously established, is not from the sox getting halladay

      • nick blasioli

        well just think about it before making stupid comments…the sox are a great team..doc,,makes them out of sight…plain and simple…that being said from a yankee fan for my whole life..

    • Kiersten

      Why are people overreacting to this? How does acquiring Halladay make the Yanks miss the playoffs? First of all, Halladay’s WARP last year was 9 (and only 5.7 and 5.4 in 07 and 06, respectively). Meaning if it’s the same this year, he gives the Sox about 3-4 extra wins. And regardless, say he gives them enough to take the division, the Yanks are still favorites for the wild card.
      And the Yanks can forget the series? Say they face the Sox in the CS, I recall the Yanks killing Beckett earlier this year and winning a game Halladay started 3 weeks ago. If Joba and Hughes are both in the pen come October, the Yanks definitely have the edge there.
      Acquiring Halladay really doesn’t do that much for the Sox. Certainly not enough to justify emptying their farm.

      • JMK

        I agree that people are overreacting but denying that Lester, Beckett and Halladay would not be a sizeable advantage over any starting three in a playoff series is simply untrue.

  • V

    The object of the season, for, say, the Brewers, is to win the World Series.

    The object for the Yankees is to win the next ten World Series, consecutively, and go down as the greatest dynasty in sports history.

    Trading Joba+Hughes+Montero+Jackson can help you win the World Series this year. But the Yankees aren’t the Brewers. They need these guys to ensure the dynasty continues.

    • V

      Crap, reply fail.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      +1.

    • Chip

      +eleventybillion

  • Drew

    Just watching highlights of the Sox A’s game last night. Why on earth are umps allowed to initiate contact with a manager/coach yet when it’s the other way around the manager gets fined, suspended etc..?

    • Russell NY

      Because in communist america that is how things work. It is listed on your birth certificate!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It is listed on your birth certificate!

        If you actually have one, that is.

        /LouDobbs’d

  • Mikebk

    phils just got better basically trading knapp for lee as donald and carassco have been crap this year and marson isnt really great. with lee only making 8 mil next year they could just let myers walk and it wont even really cost in salary.

    • Ivan

      Carassco has the stuff to turn it around though.

      • Zach

        5.18 era in 114 IP AAA- 2009
        1.72 era 36 IP AAA- 2008
        4.34 era 114 IP AA- 2008
        4.86 era 70 IP AA- 2007

        he may have stuff, but at some point you need to show consistant success in the minors

        • JMK

          +1

  • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

    What DYNASTY?

    You have to win one before you can win two in a row.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!!!!

      • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

        I’m yelling about the damn lamp….it just doesn’t love me back.

  • Drew

    Man that’s a good pickup for the Phils if it goes through as expected.

  • Chris

    Lee to Phillies deal done per Fox

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    If the Red Sox get Halladay, would their top-three be any better than the Atlanta glory-days rotation of Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine?

    Probably not. And since Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine were beatable, even in the postseason, I’m sure Halladay/Beckett/Lester would also be beatable.

    Nevermind that the 2009 Red Sox have maybe half the offense supporting the Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine rotations in their prime.

    • Chip

      A breath of fresh life your common sense is

    • jsbrendog

      fred mcgriff/sid bream >>>> adam laroche
      mark lemke and pedroia prob a wash in the long run maybe edge to pedroia
      no one can remember the name of either teams ss
      terry pendleton/chipper jones >>>>>>>> Squirrel Beard
      javy lopez >>>> the big C

      meh, i dunno…they might have an edge in the OF over the otis nixon/ron gant/deion sanders/ryan klesko/kenny lofton/david justice

      but don’t forget the braves did have steve avery too who would have been a 2 or 3 on many other teams. and they still couldnt get it done

      • Chip

        I hear that Jones kid was damn good for them during the playoffs that year.

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        no one can remember the name of either teams ss.

        Are you serious!?! JEFF MOTHER F’N BLAUSER!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          F#$&ING EAST COUNTY!!!!!!!!! DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!?!?!?!?

          (picks up freshman and throws him)

          • Tampa Yankee

            I LOL’d at this to the point where my coworkers were looking at me funny. This is just so f’n awesome it never gets old imo.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Nevermind that the 2009 Red Sox have maybe half the offense supporting the Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine rotations in their prime.

      Well, maybe not, because those Braves teams weren’t deep either, but I get your point.

      The only Sox hitters who really scare you anymore are probably Bay, Youkilis, and Pedroia, and all of them are slumping badly and look like they were playing way over their heads last year and have experienced the nastiness of regressions to the mean. That lineup is just all kinds of average. Drew and Varitek are “meh”, Green, Ellsbury, Ortiz, and Lowell are black holes, and the bench is punchless.

      • jsbrendog

        but but but but….charlie o’brien!!

    • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

      Look at the other side of your argument……

      What do you think about Doc, CC, and AJ with our offense?

      • bonestock94

        I think it would be horrific to watch some cost controlled combo of Hughes, Joba, Montero, and more thrive in our division while Halladay is a free agent in 2011. Just my opinion though.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That.

        • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

          WOW…just realized I was on the Michael Kay side of the youth vs halladay debate.

          Sorry……Someone should have pointed that out earlier. I would have stopped.

      • Chip

        I think it’s a very small improvement over CC, AJ and Joba with our offense. And a rotation next season of CC, AJ, Joba, Hughes and Mitre is much better than a rotation of Doc, CC, AJ, Mitre and Igawa

        • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

          Joba has an innings limit this year….

          and also, I see what you are saying…because

          The Yanks NEVER make any offseason moves to improve their roster.

    • ARX

      I get the whole Yankee fan, nothing is certain in baseball, optimism thing….but even with all their supposed offensive problems that I’ve seen used in this thread to rationalize that Halladay to Boston would be no big deal, the Sox are still 58-41, 5th best record in MLB, leading the WC, and still only 2.5 back of us. If those positions hold, we better pray someone gets lucky and knocks them out in the LDS because I don’t see any way in hell we’re getting past Beckett/Lester/Halladay with Joba out of the rotation by mid September and no sign that the Yanks will wake the hell up and put Hughes back in the rotation.

      • Chip

        Yeah, I hear the Yankees had no chance in hell of beating three Hall of Fame pitchers in their prime in the 1996 WS either. I’d say there’s a VERY good chance that the Yankees can make the postseason as either the division winner or WC and I’ll take our team against anybody at the point.

      • JMK

        LDS? The Fightin’ Mormons!?

  • Chip

    Phillies vs Dodgers for this year’s NL crown. I feel like the Indians got pretty cheated in this deal.

  • gio

    LHP Cole Hamels
    LHP Cliff Lee
    LHP JA Happ
    LHP Jamie Moyer

    Very left-handed roatation; not sure what that means, though…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It means Derek Jeter is gonna murder these guys.

      • gio

        I hope he has the opportunity, na’mean?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        When my Phillies v. Yankees WS prediction comes true, he certainly will.

        • Klemy

          And he will be a slam dunk favorite for MVP of that series.

      • V

        .434/.520/.604 this year vs. lefties, damn.

    • Chip

      They must be gearing up to play in TEH BANDBOX during the World Series

    • SoCalYankeeFan

      Not sure if 4 LHP in the rotation means anything, but why would Philly get Ben Francisco unless they play to trade one of their OFs???

      Moyer or Blanton & Victorino or Werth to NYY? (only speculation on my part)

      SoCalYankeeFan 8)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ibañez insurance + late inning defensive replacement + Werth leaving in the offseason backup plan.

  • Tank Foster

    If Halladay goes to Boston, well, to me that’s better than them getting Adrian Gonzalez. This season, it might make the Red Sox 4-5 games better. Gonzalez could impact far more games than that.

    Halladay is 32; he’s had a very heavy workload the last few seasons. There is no way I give up Joba/Hughes/prospects for him. If the Red Sox get him for Buchholz, Bard, and Anderson, however, it’s a steal for Boston. I can’t believe Toronto would go for this.

    • Chip

      Not to mention having to see Adrian Gonzalez hit everything in sight over the Green Monster for years to come

    • Brandon

      I completely agree, Boston would be getting him for a steal. When I saw what they were offering for Halladay versus what Toronto asked of us, my jaw dropped open. Is Boston’s package really on par with what we would have to pay?

  • Tom Zig

    What would it take for the Sox to get Victor Martinez?

    While we know they like Adrian Gonzalez, they won’t mortgage the farm to get him. (although I’ve seen sox fans say laroche,bowden, tazawa and penny for gonzalez)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Martinez’s price should be pretty equivalent to Halladay’s.

      Buchholz and stuff.

      • Tom Zig

        I just wanted to hear it from a sane person. Thank you.

      • Mikebk

        i dont think they cant realistically ask for Buchholz even if i think he is overrated considering they just sold their cy young pitcher for basically jason knapp.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The fact that Cliff Lee won a Cy Young doesn’t mean he has a larger price tag than Victor Martinez.

          Martinez is a heart of the order bat. That’s just as expensive as a frontline starter. Two most valuable things in baseball.

    • jsbrendog

      although I’ve seen sox fans say laroche,bowden, tazawa and penny for gonzalez

      no chance in hell. theo gets laughed at and/or hung up on

      • Tom Zig

        haha yeah let’s catalog this proposal

        2 #4 starters

        a backup/emergency 1st baseman aquired for nearly nothing and making a decent amount of money and plays bad defense

        and Tazawa, which i don’t even know what he will amount to

        • jsbrendog

          but tazawa made the aa all star game!!1!11!1!!11111!! and penny requires a smoak type bat!11!!!!11!1

    • Kiersten

      Every report I’ve read says Gonzalez is not on the market, the only people who seem to think he is are members of RSN.

  • Doug

    for those interested, jim callis just wrote that he is “stunned” that the phils were able to get lee without giving up any of their 4 most valued pieces (drabek, happ, brown, taylor)

  • Joan Iz My Brohan

    1:14pm: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that the Blue Jays haven’t made significant progress towards a possible Halladay deal. Instead, a source tells Olney “all is quiet.”

  • Ajay

    Boston always seems to get players gift wrapped for them. Funny when the Yanks wanted Curt Schilling a few years back Arizona wanted the world for him but Casey Fossum got that deal done for Boston. It is amazing how overhyped these Boston prospects are. Hughes or Joba is ten times more seasoned then a Clay laptops. If that Boston package is true then they really are not giving up much at all. It seems like a trend in baseball outside of Pittsburgh to try and take the Yanks to the cleaners.

    • jsbrendog

      you’re like the bajillionth person to mention schilling.

      BUT, schilling was a direct result of David wells having a verbal agreement with the owner of the Diamondbacks (colangelo?) and then renegging on it to sign with the yanks after getting wined and dined by the big stein.

      Therefore, when the yanks came knocking for schilling, the gm was told to stick it to them. that was a one time deal motivated by animosity and emotion (a terrible way to run a team, cause look where fossum is now) and has no relevance to anything happening in today’s reality

    • Tom Zig

      maybe its because they know we actually have good prospects and they think Hank Steinbrenner is running the team when its really the brain trust of Hal and Brian.

      • Bo

        You do realize maybe the Ari GM thought highly of Fossum and wanted him?

        There are no conspiracy theories here.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The Steinbrenner/Colangelo feud that caused the Diamondbacks to charge premium prices to the Yankees in all negotiations is not a “conspiracy theory”, it’s well documented.

          http://www.usatoday.com/sports.....nnor_x.htm

  • bonestock94

    Oh man, we’re getting some tin foil hat theories going now..

    • Tom Zig

      like Boston trying to acquire victor martinez and cliff lee?

      I saw that a couple days ago and thought well they could pull it off if they wanted, but damn their farm system would look like the Yankees’ circa 2004-2005

  • Joan Iz My Brohan

    1:17pm: Ricciardi tells Danny Knobler of CBS Sports that Halladay will “definitely” pitch for the Blue Jays tonight. Meanwhile, Heyman wonders if the Jays will be stuck with Halladay now that Boston’s talking a lot about Victor Martinez.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Which they should, because they need a bat way more than they need a pitcher.

  • Reggie C.

    I step away from my internet addiction and i’m 300 posts late on this open thread …

    Shit.

    Montero for Cain. That’d drop jaws… (mine included).

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    OH SHIT WE JUST TRADED FOR BRETT FAVRE!!!

    • Tom Zig

      He is a gunslinger! I bet he can throw 94

      • Mac

        But can he pitch THE EIGTH INNING!?!?!?

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        I also heard he has a ridiculous repertoire of every pitch known to man. Including 3 variations of knuckleballs, and 3 types of fastballs known as “fast” (which even Verlander can’t throw), “faster”, and “fastest”.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nope, nevermind, he just retired again.

        • Klemy

          Hell. Too late again.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            NO, WAIT, HE’S UNRETIRING!!!

    • E-ROC

      AND HIS WRANGLER JEANS! OMG!!!

    • Chip

      And I hear they threw in Beckham……the soccer one not the good one

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Oh wait NVM!!! It looks like ESPN is connecting the Sox to Favre and Beckham too now. They report it would only take Buccholz for both.

    • jsbrendog

      in other news manny ramirez was quite disappointed when he found out he was not the one traded for brett favre

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The way I look at things is that Bostons alleged offer is just a package on the table for Gonzalez, Martinez or Halladay, and that it is not directed to any specific target. Just basically what they what the package would be to get them.

  • Tom Zig

    Are we going to have a spill over thread?

  • D

    Maybe the Phils will now trade Drabek and others for Halladay and win the NL for the next few years

  • jsbrendog

    wow. according to mlbtr pirates pay all but league minimum for snell and wilson for the rest of 09. that’s crazy

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Wow they refuse to go all out in the draft as to not pay for top 10 talent, and save money for Sano. Yet, they still have to pay for Snell and Wilson, and gave the Yankees money.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That’s a smart move.

        (Well, the paying Seattle money to get better prospects was a smart move. I can’t explain why they paid us for Hinske.)

        They should do the same when they trade Freddy Sanchez, as well.

    • Zach

      yeah but thats only a few million. Seattle has to pay Wilson 8m next year and whatever snell is owed over his contract

    • Mikebk

      they gave money to get better prospects.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And, the other shoe drops. I guess Tony was right, I was WAY off on the price for that package “headlined by Ian Snell”.

      ————

      Seriously, though, I think the 2009 Pirates have had one of the best seasons a shitty team with a weak farm could possibly have. They sold off pretty much everything they could, and none of the pieces they sold were all that good, but they got several good new pieces in return (Clement, Cedeno, Milledge, Gorkys, Morton, Locke) and brought up Andrew McCutchen and Robinzon Diaz who look solid.

      If they can spin off Grabow, Sanchez, and Capps for more stuff, they may have a solid core in a year or two.

      • jsbrendog

        eric fryer….future cy young

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Heh.

          How about this: The Pirates have made nothing but savvy trades this year (NCD).

          *Non-Cashman Division

      • Mikebk

        mcclouth even if he is overrated could have gotten higher caliber return. the rest was solid. he could sell high on duke as well to add the list.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I think Gorkys-Morton-Locke is a damn fine haul for a guy who isn’t really all that good anyway.

          • Zach

            too bad Francesa wasnt GM. he would have given them Hughes and Jackson in the offseason

  • Jay

    this was sent to me:

    ESPNs Peter Gammons reports that the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and California Angels have agreed in part to a 3 way trade involving 12 players with Roy Halladay (TOR) going to the Yankees, Melky Cabrera (NY), Phil Hughes (NY) and Jorge Posada going to the Angels, and Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero heading to Toronto. Other prospects are still on the table but the deal is said to be done before Friday’s deadline.

    Please no!

    • Zach

      no way that happens

    • jsbrendog

      source:

      The Onion.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Wow I feel like the only person who still calls them the Anaheim Angels. I hate saying California Angels or LA Angels of Anaheim, and such.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe you actually repeated that.

      It’s so dumb on all sides, I can’t even decide where to start picking it apart.

      • VO

        I think he was joking.

      • Ivan

        It’s one of those trades, u don’t scratch ur head, u actually cut it off.

    • Klemy

      That…makes no sense at all.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I think the source for that rumor was Frankie Cervelli’s mom.

    • Kiersten

      That would be almost believable if you didn’t throw Posada in there.

  • Thee4stringking

    MLBTR is saying the Pirates are paying all but 400k of Wilson and Snell’s salaries.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if Brandon Morrow is actually available, because the M’s would be selling low if traded. Extremely low.

    • Zach

      they have no reason to trade him unless theres character/health issues.
      hes young, under control and unproven and like you said his value is extremely low

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    MLBTR: Ricciardi still says he’d have to be wowed to move Halladay, according to Peter Gammons of ESPN.com. Gammons says it doesn’t look like there’s a “wow” deal out there.

    • Zach

      Penny, Saito and Rocco.

      dont tell me that wouldnt get a ‘wow’ response

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        There’s no Smoak bats in there. Throw in Adam Lind and Travis Snider, and you’ve got a deal.

  • Doug

    I know this will be ripped to shreds here, but Jim Callis Q & A:

    Q: Would Hughes, Jackson and Montero be enough to land Halladay? If you were the Yankees GM, would you make that deal?

    A: Might need a fourth player, but I’d seriously think about it. I’d hate to lose Montero, but hey, it’s Roy Halladay.

    • ARX

      Thank god he isn’t running our team then.

    • Yankee1010

      Well, yeah, that wouldn’t be enough. Callis the Sox fan would love for the Yanks to include, Joba, Cano, Jesus Christ, Moses, Noah, and 2 of every animal.

      Would the Jays really say no to Hughes, Jackson and Montero? Not if they’re sane.

      • Doug

        he was just saying this is equivalent to what the jays were demanding from the phils for doc

        • Yankee1010

          Yeah, but I would argue that Hughes, Jackson and Montero would trump the package that they were demanding from the Phillies. I’d take Hughes over Drabek and Montero over any of the other guys in the proposed Phillies trade. In any event, it’s a moot point. I’d take Taylor and/or Brown over Jackson, but not by a huge amount.

          Callis isn’t exactly quick to praise the Yanks. Not a big deal, because he’s not running the Yanks and he has no real effect on any transactions. He’s more annoying than anything.

      • JohnnyC

        How sick is it that a guy who grew up in Virginia, went to school in Georgia, and has lived in Chicago for most of his adult life…is somehow a freaking Red Sox fan?

  • charlespoet

    Boston with Halladay does not scare me as much as the Angels with Halladay. Perhaps I think to highly of Scoscia over Francona, thinking Mike gets more out of less talent than Terry does.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    MLBTR: Ricciardi tells Sherman he expects to keep Halladay through 2010 and try to win next year.

    • Kiersten

      Just saw this on Twitter:

      Cliff is now a Phil-Lee.

      Haha cute.

      • Kiersten

        I don’t know why this posted as a reply.

    • Russell NY

      I can’t tell if this guy is just talking. You have to think his package (hah) isn’t going to be as good now with the Phillies out. Maybe he sees his only viable option as trading inside the NL East and decides not to?

    • Reggie C.

      If Riccardi’s trying to win 4th place in the AL east , it’ll be a dogfight. He’ll definitely need Halladay to achieve that.

  • charlespoet

    just to break up the trade talk, check out this Red Sox website. It opens with Poison Pen showing Papelbon… love it.

    http://www.bostondirtdogs.com/

  • charlespoet

    If this has already been discussed, my apologies. Who would you give up, Joba or Hughes?

  • http://twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    When asked whether pitching a perfect game or hitting two grandslams in one game was the more impressive feat, Peter Gammons replied “The single most impressive story of this year is Josh Beckett conquering finger blisters. It shows real tenacity, a passion for the game that breeds championships and putting his team first.”

    • The Scout

      Gammons has drunk all the Red Sox Kool-aid in the punch bowl.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Gammons raped the Kool-Aid man.

        • D

          He looks like the chicken hawk who cares what he thinks

  • Thee4stringking

    Reds aquire Wladimir Balentien for pitcher Robert Manuel

    I’ll let you guess the source.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’ll let you guess the source.

      Please don’t.

  • Russell NY

    MLBTradeRumors: Ed Price of AOL FanHouse reports that the Reds acquired Wladimir Balentien from the Mariners for righty Robert Manuel.

  • Yanks Fan

    “Finally, I want to stress this: There are no indications whatsoever that the Yankees are about to do anything major.”

    PeteAbe’s Lohud Blog

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    So, since J-Dukes is apparently available for a “modest” prospect, what exactly does that mean? Who would it take to get him? Starter or reliever? He’d have to start at this point, right? But are we confident in him holding up enough? There is probably room enough to add a starter but there’s also a starter to be added w/o giving away anything, and I think that’s a course that should be taken rather than looking instantly for outside help.