On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that Blue Jays GM, J.P. Ricciardi is willing to listening to offers for the ace of their rotation, RHP Roy Halladay. Needless to say, before long the blogosphere was buzzing with all sorts of hypothetical trades. As one of our readers wrote, when someone like Halladay comes along you don’t think about it, you go out and get him.
Ken Davidoff of Newsday, spoke to the Blue Jays GM and confirmed what Rosenthal first reported.
“Halladay is signed through next year, and there’s very little chance that he’ll stick with the Jays after that. Toronto is not going to make the playoffs this year. So, he’ll listen to offers.”
Obviously, besides the Mets at least a dozen other teams have interest in Halladay. The Blue Jays reportedly want at least three top prospects according to several reports. Matt Cerrone guessed it could take Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores and Brad Holt.
Toronto will not trade him within his division, so the Red Sox and Yankees are out, but the Phillies are already in contact with Ricciardi.
Last week the Blue Jays also hinted that they would trade both Alex Rios and Vernon Wells, so that they could free up money to sign Halladay, so something must have transpired for the Blue Jays to shift their position so quickly.
Last week I wrote extensively about how the Mets should go after Alex Rios.
In his last three full seasons, Rios has hit .296 with 56 homers, 245 RBI, 64 stolen bases, 273 runs scored, 123 doubles, and 21 triples.
Currently he is batting .260 with 19 doubles, 10 homers, 46 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. He is just 28 years old.
How can anyone say that this one bat would not make a difference?
Plus, he wouldn’t be a rental player as he is signed through 2014 at an average of $12 million dollars annually. He will only be 33 in the final year of that contract, and there is an option for 2015.
He can play rightfield, and also plays a solid centerfield and can give Beltran’s knee a rest when needed to keep him fresh for the stretch run.
As for Roy Halladay, a 1-2 punch of Halladay and Johan Santana would be the most lethal in baseball. It would certainly give the Mets the edge in any short series in the post season. He would certainly be a difference maker. The question is are we willing to give up F-Mart, Brad Holt (or Bobby Parnell), and Wilmer Flores to acquire him.
I’ve seen enough of F-Mart to know that while he might be an above average player in five years, the Mets are a “win-now” team. By the time F-Mart or Wilmer Flores are ready, Carlos Beltran and K-Rod will be gone, Johan will be on the downside of his career, Reyes would be a free agent, you get the picture.
Do you want to win now, while Wright, Beltran, Johan, K-Rod and Reyes are in their prime?
Or do you want to keep F-Mart and company and wait a few years for another golden opportunity to present itself?
The Mets would be lucky if just one of those prospects actually made it, let alone all three.
Can you recall the four top prospects we gave up for Johan?
Surely you haven’t forgotten our former top ten prospects Deolis Guerra (4.63 in AA), Philip Humber (6.69 ERA in AAA), Kevin Mulvey (4.17 ERA, 1.51 WHIP in AAA) and Carlos Gomez who is batting .218 for the Twins…