Halladay on the Trading Block

The Toronto Blue Jays have put star pitcher Roy Halladay on the trading block. General Manager J.P. Ricciardi has told Halladay that trade options are now being explored.

"He's open to at least listening," said Ricciardi. "He's not going to be a guy who will let you do all the work [preparing for a possible trade], and then he's not willing to listen. If it makes sense, he will listen."

If you are wondering why Toronto would trade one of the best pitchers in baseball, it is pretty easy to understand. Halladay will become a free agent after next season as baseball betting information shows, so the Blue Jays could end up getting nothing for their best player. "I want to stay, but I think it's a situation you have to evaluate," Halladay said, "I'm really not at that situation just yet. If something does come up, you weigh your options at that point. I hate to put the cart in front of the horse and start saying 'Do I want to do that?' I think you just evaluate the situations when they come." Toronto is fading in the American League East and is already looking like a team to go against in baseball betting odds at the sportsbook.

Baseball betting information shows that Toronto really has three times where they could trade Halladay.  They could do so before the trading deadline of July 31st, in the off-season or next season. Baseball betting info tells us that one team that is definitely interested in Halladay is the Los Angeles Angels. Another team that would love to get Halladay is the Philadelphia Phillies.  Can you imagine a one-two punch of Halladay and Cole Hamels in a starting rotation in baseball betting odds?  The baseball betting question becomes whether or not Philadelphia will give up the young players that would be required to get Halladay.  The Red Sox and Yankees are always sports betting contenders for a high profile pitcher but Boston has never been a team that likes to give up young players and the Yankees really don’t have any young players other than Joba Chamberlain of interest. A team like the Dodgers has the prospects but they really don’t want to give up either Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kershaw to get Halladay.

Halladay is earning $14.25 million this year as baseball betting stats show, and will make $15.75 million next season.  Toronto may be looking to cut salary and that could mean any team taking Halladay will be forced to take Vernon Wells in the deal since he is a player Toronto doesn’t want to pay.