Red Sox Hot For Halladay, and What It Means For The Yankees

From the Daily News:

A source told the Daily News that the Red Sox are “putting on a full-court press” to acquire Halladay, hoping to add the former Cy Young winner to the top of their rotation to go with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.

“They would love to get it wrapped up before the Winter Meetings,” the source said of the Red Sox.

If the Red Sox make a serious push for Halladay, can it be very long before the Yankees get involved?

Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos seems willing to deal Halladay within the division, but it will take a big-time package from either the Yankees or Red Sox to land the ace righthander, who would probably require a long-term extension worth more than $100 million to waive his no-trade clause.

Boston would likely have to include Clay Buchholz, the organization’s top young pitcher, and Casey Kelly, the 20-year-old pitcher/shortstop who was drafted in 2008 and signed with the Red Sox instead of playing quarterback for Tennessee.

What should this mean for the Yankees? Almost nothing. I think that as Yankees fans, we need to realize that sometimes, the Red Sox are going to get their guy, and there is nothing constructive that the Yankees can do about it. The Yankees need to make moves that are in the short and long term best interests of their club independent of what the Red Sox do. The Sox threatening to get Halladay does not mean the Yankees should jump in and try to trump a Buchholz/Kelly offer with Montero and Chamberlain. If Brian Cashman feels that trading for Halladay is the right move because he feels Doc would provide more value than the prospects he would give up, then he should make a deal. But emptying your farm system and making a deal that is not in the best interests of the club just to block Boston would be silly. Luckily, Cashman’s actions during the Santana saga suggest that he has a firm grasp upon this concept.

0 thoughts on “Red Sox Hot For Halladay, and What It Means For The Yankees

  1. I fully agree. As a practical matter, the Yankees cannot prevent the Red Sox from improving their club. If we spend heavily on Halladay, they can get Lackey and/or Sheets or wait for Hernandez; if we pursue Holliday, they can re-sign Bey and add other useful pieces. Blocking is occasionally sensible during the season, but as an off-season strategy you will quickly bankrupt your team and its farm system.

  2. yeah halladay would be a great fit with nyy but they dont have the need for him, boston does. is everyone forgetting ny just won the WORLD SERIES without him?! becket, lester, halladay would be tough but who else do they have? dice-k 50 year old wakefield? if you’re thinking for one minute about giving up great prospects/very likely good major league players like a-jax, hughes, joba, montero, or even z-mac use it on felix hernandez who is young and just entering his prime, not halladay who will command great prospects and big bucks! comments?

  3. Have you lost your mind? Your going to let the best pitcher in the AL go to your rival when you can step in and get him yourself. Did I miss something here? when did we become Kansas City I dont care about winning it all in 2015 I want to win again next year and Halladay can get us there. Let Boston get their man you are out of your f ing mind.

  4. I sincerely hope that Buchholz/Kelly is merely the starting point of discussions. If that’s all it’s going to cost the Red Sox, Chamberlain/Montero gets it done and that’s a bargain to add a pitcher of Halladay’s caliber.

  5. The New Yanks: Trade Jackson and others for Josh Johnson.Let Phil build on the 84 innings he pitched last year and have him spend this season in Scranton (maybe call him up for some spot starts or bull pen depth in Sept).Sign Andy to a 1 year deal.
    2010 Rotation:CC, Johnson, AJ, Andy, and Joba(Phil and Kennedy as plan Bs)
    2011 Rotation:CC, Johnson, AJ, Joba, and Phil.(Kennedy and McCalister)
    With that rotation, I don’t care if Boston gets Lackey and/or Halladay.The Yankee rotation will be better, younger and cheaper.That would even allow room for the Yanks to go after Holliday if they wanted.
    You can chase the same girl as the rest of the guys in the bar.I’m going home w/ all three of her friends.  

    How do you think you get Josh Johnson for Austin Jackson? Who are you trading? You can’t just say Jackson and others when you don’t have enough pieces to get the job done…

    A.Jackson, A.Romine, McAllister, Robertson,….? That isn’t going to get the job done… In fact I doubt they would do a trade for less than Joba and Hughes+ or Montero+ they have no incentive to trade their ace starting pitcher for a CFer when they already have Cameron Maybin… Does no one remember Maybin? He is going to start in CF next year and projects to be as good as Jackson or better so why would they make a trade around a CFer?

    How would it allow you to get Holliday? Josh Johnson should probably be signed to an extension upon the trade so you can buy out his arbitration years and make sure he doesn’t hit the FA market after giving up prospects for him and in doing so you will be spending the Holliday money.

    You can try and hook up with the lesbian chick at the bar that will never happen I’m going to have some more drinks and make one of these others look better… (Ben Sheets).