Halladay In Philly – Deal Could Be Closeby BigGreek24
MLB.com is reporting that Roy Halladay is in Philadelphia to take a physical and possibly to try to work out a contract extension. The Phillies would like to have an extension worked out with Halladay before completing a trade for the Blue Jays right hander. Halladay wants to pitch in Philadelphia and will waive his no-trade clause if the Phillies and Blue Jays can work a deal out.
Although it is unclear what package the Phillies are going to offer, one possibility being rumored is that the Phillies would first trade Cliff Lee for prospects and then flip those prospects to the Jays for Halladay. Lee is a free agent after the 2010 season and he has said he wants to test the free agent market rather than sign an extension during the season. Since Halladay has said he wants a trade done before Spring Training, the Blue Jays have likely moved off the package they wanted at the trade deadline when they required both J.A Happ and Kyle Drabek. Another possibility is that a third team has entered into the mix, possibly the Seattle Mariners who would acquire Lee from the Phillies while Halladay would go from the Jays to the Phillies and the Jays would get a mix of prospects from both the M’s and Phillies.
In other news, former Phillie Randy Wolf met the Milwaukee media today after signing a 3-year, $29.75 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Wolf’s contract is the 3rd largest in the club’s history for a pitcher. Wolf was 11-7 with a 3.23 era last year for the Dodgers in a career high 34 starts.
Free Agent John Lackey appears to be close to signing a 5 year, $85 million dollar deal to join the Boston Red Sox. Lackey was taking a physical today so a deal could be close.