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.