In case you missed it, last night, Jon Heyman of SI.com said Mets GM Omar Minaya rejected a deal from Blue Jays GM JP Riccardi for RHP Roy Halladay, in return for OF Fernando Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and 17–year-old SS Ruben Tejada.
Later, in a post to Twitter, ESPN’s Keith Law said Heyman’s report is ‘bogus,’ having been ‘shot down by multiple sources.’
This afternoon, Law was a guest on 1050 ESPN Radio, while Heyman was a guest on WFAN in New York.
…before joining ESPN, law spent four years with the Blue Jays as a special assistant to the general manager…
Heyman told WFAN he stands by his report, saying the Mets flat-out rejected the deal offered to them by the Blue Jays.
However, during his discussion with ESPN, Law said the Jays would never present a deal to the Mets without asking for 19–year-old Double-A RHP Jenrry Mejia, who is now considered the team’s top pitching prospect.
…personally, i still believe this story was pushed from toronto to try and bait the Phillies in to parting with Kyle Drabek…
…it seems to me, the best way to spook the Phillies would be to make them think the Mets could have halladay at any moment…
To listen to Law’s interview on ESPN Radio, click here.
To listen to Heyman’s interview on WFAN, click here.
To read additional notes from Law’s interview, including a statement about Ricciardi’s future with the team, click below…
Law repeated what the Jays have essentially told other teams, which is that Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi will not trade Halladay for a basket of Single-A and Double-A prospects, i.e., he will only do a deal for major-league ready talent, who the Jays have been scouting for a while.
Law believes there is less than a 50 percent chance Halladay is traded during the regular season.
In the end, from what he’s heard, Law believes Ricciardi will likely be fired as soon as the team hires a new President, meaning the GM is under a ton of pressure to make a deal for immediate-impact players.