|Let the Halladay sweepstakes begin|
|Tuesday, 01 December 2009 20:02|
MLB betting futures will be coming out soon, even though it seems like just yesterday that the New York Yankees were winning their 27th World Series over Philadelphia. Everyone is waiting to see who will get their hands on the Toronto ace, but the Blue Jays may be asking too much to get a deal done during the offseason.
New York Yankees
The Yankees always have to start the conversation, because like the rest of the teams in this list, they can afford him. Halladay wants a long-term extension when he signs, and given his market share, there aren’t many that can ante up. The Blue Jays want catching prospect Jesus Montero, as well as either Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Imagine having C.C. Sabathia, Andy Petttite, AJ Burnett (a close friend of Halladay’s from Toronto) and then Halladay in your rotation? Gross.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox moved to the forefront recently, but Toronto’s asking price is Clay Buchholz and Casey Kelly, a hotshot shortstop prospect that was recruited to play quarterback at Tennessee. However, we’ve seen the Red Sox jump in bidding wars before just to keep players from going to New York, so don’t think they won’t try to stop the sight of Halladay in pinstripes.
Los Angeles Dodgers
This was a hot rumor before the trade deadline, but the Blue Jays wanted Clayton Kershaw, who had a great season as a 21-year-old southpaw for the Dodgers. Halladay would instantly improve their starting pitching, which regressed over the season, especially with the fall of Chad Billingsley to the bullpen.
The Phillies were hot on Halladay’s heels before they snagged Cliff Lee from Cleveland, and he led them back to the World Series. However, they could still be chasing Halladay, who you know would have pitched in the Fall Classic on three days rest. Also, Cole Hamels struggled badly last year.
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