Here is a great video tribute to Jim Johnson. May he rest in peace and condolences to his family.
The rumors are flying as the trade deadline approaches regarding the talks between the Blue Jays and Phillies regarding Roy Halladay. Its been reported that the Blue Jays will not accept anything less than JA Haap, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown while the Phillies do not want to give up Brown or Drabek and countered with an offer that included JA Haap and Jason Donald but did not include either Drabek and Brown.
My advice to the Phillies, and I certainly am not footing the bill here, is to make the trade. Sure Drabek could be the next Tom Seaver and he could also be the next Brad Brink. JA Haap is having a nice start, but he hasn’t seen the league a second time yet so we haven’t seen the league adjust to him and vice-versa. He could be the next Steve Carlton, but he could also be the next Mike Grace or Marty Bystrom. Roy Halladay is the real thing. He’s only 32 years old and is a real live bona-fide ace that would take a huge load off of Cole Hamels for the rest of this year and next year. Yup, I said next year because Hallady isn’t just a rent a player, he’s signed through next season as well. The Phillies contend they don’t want to dump their future but at the same time when you have a chance to put together back-to-back Championship seasons who really cares about the future? By the time Drabek and Brown are contributing, Rollins, Howard and Utley will all be on the wrong side of 30, and you can’t tell me they signed a 37 year old Ibanez because they were concerned about 2010. Its about winning now and Hallady gives you that chance. How bad will it look if they don’t make the deal and they have to face Halladay either in the NL Playoffs or World Series? Even worse, how bad will it look if they are wrong about Drabek?
Make the deal, and don’t look back.