July 15, 2009

Roy Halladay rumors: Asking price

Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi has openly put ace pitcher Roy Halladay on the trade market, and the Yankees, of course, are eyeing the stud. Halladay will not be easy to nab from Toronto, so what is the asking price?

Ricciardi has every right in the world to ask for at least one blue-chip prospect and two or three other good minor leaguers. The best the Yankees have to offer are pitchers Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Dellin Betances, Zack McAllister and hitters Jesus Montero and Austin Jackson.

Peter Abraham posted what he would give up to get Halladay, and I completely agree with him.

I keep Hughes at all costs, and sell Joba, Montero and one other prospect. Keep in mind this opinion is not formed just based on recent activity. I see Hughes as more of a smarter pitcher than Joba, and as Abraham points out, a more coachable player than Joba.

Montero is tough to give away because his bat is almost a certainty to excel in the majors. However, his catching skills are his weakness and the Yanks have a lot of quality catchers in their system right now: Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy.

The  main reason why I’m ready to give up these prospects is because I think the Yankees would have a good chance to win the World Series with Halladay in their rotation. Going into the season, we all thought the Yanks would have three legit aces in their rotation (CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett & Chien-Ming Wang). Now they barely have two, but Halladay would make three. If you ask me, the Yankees would have a good chance to win any series with Halladay possibly pitching three times.

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