Highlights of J.P. Ricciardi Conference Call
The Blue Jays conducted a post-trade deadline conference call this afternoon and here are some of the highlights of GM J.P. Ricciardi's comments.
It seems Scott Rolen asked to be traded for personal reasons and the Jays managed to accommodate him while at the same time making a decent deal that brings back, in addition to Edwin Encarnacion, earning $4.75 million next season in the final year of his contract, two good young arms. Righthander Josh Roenicke, 27, will report to the major-league team tomorrow, while righthander Zach Stewart, 22, will be assigned within the minor-league system. His future role as a starter or reliever will be determined.
Ricciardi indicated that he received calls from about 10 teams regarding Roy Halladay, but that only 2-3 seemed serious about meeting the Jays demands for one of the best pitchers in baseball. None of them blew him away with any "wow" factor.
He did not deny the possibility that a Halladay trade could be explored again in the off-season or that any team looking to trade for Doc might be allowed to negotiate an extension for the pitcher before the trade is finalized. That option, of course, would increase the value of the package the Jays might get back.
The Jays will pay the remainder of Rolen's salary for 2009.