December 12, 2008
Should it become finalized Peavy won’t come an hour north to the Halos, Halladay appears the next tremendous opportunity.
Looking at the Blue Jays current depth chart (http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/team/depth_chart/index.jsp?c_id=tor), they’re without Marcum until 2010 and McGowan until mid-2009. They’ve lost AJ to the Yankees, a chunk off the starting rotation anchor with Halladay. GM JP Riccardi might be faced with a new decision here, whether to trade Halladay while secured through 2010 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Halladay).
It’s apparent he’s dealing with a big drop off, mending around Halladay having signed Clement after AJ. Marcum and McGowan, meanwhile, were those prospects on the horizon, and unless Riccardi has more to reach into of the Jays system replacing them, he may be forced to trump from the big club to the organization’s future wealth.
The Jays offense is presently anchored by Wells in CF and Rios in RF. Travis Snider projects in their OF, but everything else around the diamond is thin where JP may need to start looking outward to build, through free agency or trade. The Angels, possibly, present that opportunistic source for him off Halladay, who have pitching and middle or corner infield prospects to save him of the free agent spending.
Halladay could be on the block here, soon, with the Halos that match!
Knowing Halladay is secured through 2010, if you’re the Angels considering a trade for him and his agent demands an extension, would you give it to him; better yet, should the Angels demand that extension if his agent doesn’t??
Considering what’s unfolded now, it’s Halladay’s opportunity to bring his anchor to a rare team prominent and resourceful for world championship bids for quite some time ahead. With 2 years remaining, I’d assume he’d want to stay longer with a reasonable extension in order, would he not?