Halladay to Sox? Not likely

Halladay to Sox? Not likely

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 17:31
Let's get right to the Roy Halladay rumor. If you haven't heard, the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be shopping their ace starter, and he'd fit in pretty well with the White Sox. With GM Kenny Williams running the show, you can never say never. Remember Jake Peavy? Here's my take on this _ Halladay isn't coming to the Sox because the Jays are probably going to ask for Gordon Beckham, John Danks and Aaron Poreda. They are not going to get those three players from the White Sox, but some other team might be willing to part with a similar package of young talent. When trying to land Peavy, Kenny said he'd worry about paying the high-priced pitcher “as we went along.” That was back in May 21, and the cost for Peavy through 2012 was over $60 million. Halladay is much more reasonable, he is owed $7 million the rest of this season and $15.75 million for 2010. The right-hander is 10-2 with a 2.79 ERA this season and is a career 141-68 with a 3.47 ERA. Before Tuesday night's game against the Indians, Kenny sounded like money is a much bigger issue now than it was at the end of May. The economy is still brutal, and the Sox only have 4 sellouts this season _ 3 of them vs. the Cubs. You can never say never with KW, but even manager Ozzie Guillen sounded like a trade for Halladay is next to impossible. “He'd fit on everybody's team,” Ozzie said. “I don't know if he can fit in our pocket. That's the difference between who needs it, who wants it and who can afford it. It's nice, and he's one of the premier pitchers in the game. But in the meanwhile, I'm going to be realistic. “To bring that guy here, to me one of the best pitchers in the game, you've got to give up a lot of things, and I don't think we can do that. I'm not the general manager, but they're not going to ask for Ozzie and Oney (Guillen's sons). They're going to ask for a good chunk.”
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