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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?

By Cameron Smith  |  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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Toronto missed a good deal. In other news:

Two good baseball speakers this month at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.

Monday, Sept. 21 7pm
Author Event: "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary"/"The Unwritten Rules of Baseball" by Paul Dickson
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
The prolific Paul Dickson, author of 54 books, discusses his recent definitive titles, "The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)" and "The Unwritten Rules of Baseball." Dickson has also written such landmark titles as "Baseball's Greatest Quotations" and "The Joy of Keeping Score."
Come for some "Baseballese: The overall language of baseball, comprising of official terminology, slang and jargon."

Monday, Sept. 28 7pm
Author Event: "Heart of the Game" by Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price discusses his celebrated new book "Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America."
In July 2007, longtime minor league baseball standout Mike Coolbaugh was killed by a foul ball shortly after transitioning into his first coaching job. Price examines the lives of Coolbaugh and Tino Sanchez Jr., the man who hit the ball, to create a definitive portrait of professional and personal dedication.

Posted by: UrbanShocker | September 15, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

JP Riccardi messed up big time. Especially the way Halladay has scuffed in the second half. The Jays could have traded Doc at the absolute peak of his player value and they didn't pull the trigger. For what? To hope they can produce a winner next year? Fat chance. And we all know Halladay is going to walk following the season.

To see Cliff Lee dominating for the Phillies and knowing we didn't have to give up the caliber of prospects the Jays wanted is oh so sweet.

Riccardi really screwed up. He is lucky to still have a job.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | September 15, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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