Update, 1:49 pm:
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com believes the Phillies rejected Toronto's most recent proposal to acquire RHP Roy Halladay, as they are unwilling to part with either prospect Kyle Drabeck or AJ Happ.
Meanwhile, according to FoxSports.com, the Angels have intensified their own efforts to trade for Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay.
In a post to Twitter this morning, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said he still believes Halladay will eventually be traded to the Phillies.
Heyman does not know of a timetable, but says, ‘no way he stays.’
Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger quotes Jerry Manuel as saying of the Phillies potentially getting Halladay, “It would be a huge move.”
…there has been a lot of ink spilled and a lot of talk radio chatter a lot of blog posts about rumors of the Mets rejecting a deal from the Blue Jays to get halladay…
…i have talked with people who know of both teams, people in the game, i have read every report, listened to experts on air, had columnists call me directly, as well as team media people, an agent, and others, and here is what i truly believe went down:
My bet is Omar Minaya and Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi never talked one on one. Instead, their underlings likely reached out to one another, which is quite often what happens with most teams this time of year, simply to check in on who is available, who isn’t, etc. The Jays said Halladay can be had, as well as Alex Rios I am sure, and others, they asked if the Mets will trade Fernando Martinez, who they like a lot. The Mets said, ‘No, but others are available.’ The two sides reported back to their respective GMs, and nothing materialized from there because the Jays deduced that, without Martinez in a deal, the Mets were not a legit option.
…that’s my educated guess, from essentially reading the tea leaves… i could be totally wrong… it could have been a direct offer, like some have suggested… or not… we’ll never really know… but, if i had to bet on a chain of events, that would be it…
…in the end, i think it’s a moot point…. because, the Phillies match-up so well with what the Blue Jays need, and clearly have enough young talent to top any Mets package… so, while it’s interesting to discuss, i sense it never really mattered, not just for the Mets but for most teams…