Jays and Phils won't be Dance Partners for Halladay
The Phils have seemingly stepped off the dance floor as far as acquiring Roy Halladay is concerned, at least until he becomes a free agent following the 2010 season. The Phils changed direction as far as the object of their affections was concerned as talks with the Jays broke down. They have tentatively acquired lefthander Cliff Lee, last year's Cy Young Award winner from the Indians with outfielder Ben Francisco for pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp; catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald. The key was Knapp, a highly touted 19-year-old righthander selected in June 2008. The Phils had been looking for a righthanded bat off the bench to complement lefty swinger Matt Stairs.
Coincidentally none of the three Phils' prospects that the Jays were reportedly asking for were included in the Lee deal. The Jays were said to be asking for lefthander J.A. Happ, righthander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown, which prompted Jays' manager Cito Gaston this afternoon to half-jokingly suggest that maybe the Phils are still interested in Halladay. "That would be a pretty good rotation," Gaston said of Lee, Halladay and Cole Hamels at the top, with Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer at 4-5. Not bad at all.
A bunch of Jays players are using the off-day tomorrow to play some golf in Carmel down the coast from San Francisco. No surprise but the organization has asked Halladay not to be one of those players. There was a distinct favourable reaction that was palpable in the Jays' clubhouse when it was learned that the Phillies landed Lee instead of Halladay. Not even his teammates want to see him go.