From Jon Heyman (SI):
The Yankees believe their chances are practically nil after hearing from Toronto that it would take both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes plus two more top prospects for Halladay. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi wasn’t kidding when he told the Yankees up front it would take more from them and Boston than it would from other teams.
To have any shot at all at Halladay, the Yankees have to hope things fall through with Phillies, then consider whether to dangle one or the other, Chamberlain or Hughes. For Halladay, they might part with one (though not both).
One AL scout said he’d offer Chamberlain, but not Hughes. “I think Hughes is going to be good, but Joba I wonder about. He hasn’t learned his lesson from showboating yet. In fact, he’s gotten worse. He’s extremely talented, but I just wonder whether he’ll break down.”
While Chamberlain’s antics annoy some folks, he has put together two straight excellent starts.
This “let’s trade Joba and not Hughes” dynamic is very interesting (and does this scout actually think that the Yankees should trade Joba because he “showboats”?). About a year ago, when Joba was still a bullpen revelation and Hughes was a rotation flop, the exact opposite was being said. “Joba is untouchable, but Phil Hughes can get dealt,” many were saying. Unnamed scouts were claiming that Hughes would never be much of anything, citing his lack of velocity and lack of pitches. Yet, here he is today, dominating in the bullpen just as Joba did back in 2007-2008. Now (and suddenly), everyone wants to keep Hughes and move Joba. It’s funny how a year changes things. Anyway, I doubt the Yankees move either player for Halladay.
Heyman also mentions that the Yankees called the Mariners about Jarrod Washburn over the weekend and were told that the Mariners weren’t ready to sell. That could obviously change, however, very quickly.
(props to MLBTR)