What Did Boston Offer for Halladay?
At the MLB trade deadline, the Red Sox spoke openly about how the team made a major push to add Toronto starter Roy Halladay for the stretch run and final year of his contract. At the time, many wondered what kind of a package Boston actually offered for the ace.
In the past couple of days, the package Boston offered has started to come into sharper focus. After rumors of a six players for one swap circulated this weekend, starting with the Toronto Sun's Bob Elliot, both Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons of ESPN reported that the Red Sox actually offered four top pitching prospects -- starter Clay Buchholz (currently thriving in Boston's rotation), Nick Hagadone (traded in the Victor Martinez deal), Justin Masterson (traded in the Victor Martinez deal) and Michael Bowden -- as well as infielder Josh Reddick for Halladay.
Naturally, any five for one swap proposal is sure to get some headlines. Yet of all those potential deals, this one truly deserves a lot of further inspection. Sure, all five of those players are prospects, but how could Toronto turn down that kind of an offer? Buchholz has already thrown a no-hitter, is widely considered one of baseball's top starting pitching prospects and has been impressive since returning to the Boston rotation ... in the place that Halladay would have filled. Masterson is an uber-flexible starter-reliever who could have fit Sky Dome impressively. Hagadone is a raw prospect, but was seen as a starter with top end stuff, and Bowden could be an impressive starter, a middling reliever or a relative bust in the long run. It's just too early in Bowden's career to come to a firm conclusion on his potential.
So, why wouldn't Toronto have taken a chance on a five for one swap? It's a curious decision by Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi, and it may prove to be one that haunts him. He's extremely unlikely to land a similar haul this winter when he shops Halladay before the final year of his contract, and Doc's current skid isn't helping raise his prospective value any, either.
So, let's hear it: If you were Ricciardi, would you have taken Boston's five for one offer? Would you have taken your chances by holding on to Halladay? What do you think?
September 15, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories: Blue Jays , Red Sox | Tags: Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Red Sox, Roy Halladay, roy halladay, trade
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