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In a report in today's Daily News, Anthony McCarren and Bill Madden suggest that a bidding war is on tap between the Yankees and Red Sox for Roy Halladay.

...interesting how the Mets aren't mentioned at all here, yet i think they have the money and the prospects to get a deal done for Doc, and they were the one's that swooped in and landed Johan Santana two years ago over these two clubs...not that one has anything to do with the other, but it's possible that the Mets are quietly pursuing Doc at the moment...

McCarren and Madden believe that for the Yankees to acquire Halladay, the centerpiece of the deal would have to be Jesus Montero, who scouts believe can hit 40 home runs in the Major Leagues, and would also likely have to part with another prospect such as Austin Jackson and either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain.

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Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun says Roy Halladay would waive his no-trade clause to pitch for the Yankees.

Although Halladay and his agent, Greg Landry have not publicized the list of teams he would go to, Elliott says that according to a Major League source, "...Halladay has told the Jays he?ll approve a trade to the Yankees.?

...the road block in such a deal, as with any team, is the players that the Blue Jays would get, and i wonder how enticed the Jays are by the players the Yankees have to offer...

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In a report in today's New York Post, George A. King III says?Roy Halladay does not want to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jays, and intends to test free agency.

Blue Jays President Paul Beeston told King:

"We would like to sign him, he is an original Blue Jay and we have never had a pitcher as good as him...but he is not inclined to sign with us."
...if this is the case, then i expect he will be dealt this winter, and i expect the Mets to get heavily involved if they haven't done so already...

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Ken Davidoff, in a post to his blog for Newsday, says that the Mets will speak with the Blue Jays about a deal for Roy Halladay.

According to Davidoff, the Mets know they are not the favorites.

...i've been saying all along that i believe the Mets have the prospects to deal for Halladay, but i wonder if he would waive his no-trade clause to come...they also have to see how the market plays out for Halladay, and i think the Mets will play their hand in this much like they did with the Twins and the Johan Santana deal in that they will wait and hope that the price comes down to the point that they can still retain some of their top prospects in such a deal...

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Jim Salisbury, in a report for the Philadelphia Inquirer, says that while Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. is focused on strengthening the bullpen, they are also looking to upgrade their starting rotation.

Yesterday, at the GM Meetings in Chicago, Amaro told reporters his priorities are third base, bullpen and bench.

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In a report for MLB.com, Jordan Bastian says the Blue Jays might consider trading ace Roy Halladay.

According to Bastian, new Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said that the Blue Jays still want to keep Halladay but said:

"...I think I have to be open-minded to anything that can make this ballclub better going forward and better for the long-term."
With regards to Halladay, Anthopoulos told reports:

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Update, 11:22 am:

According to MLB.com, talks between the Rangers and Blue Jays regarding RHP Roy Halladay ‘appear to have broken off,’ as the two sides haggle over top pitching prospect Derek Holland.

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Update, 3:20 pm:

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have made a "strong offer" for Halladay.

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Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the chances of trading Roy Halladay are ‘very slim.’

Yesterday, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com said the Blue Jays also rejected Philadelphia’s offer of JA Happ, and prospects Michael Taylor, pitcher Carlos Carrasco and SS Jason Donald.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Jays asked the Angels for pitcher Joe Saunders, SS Erick Aybar, 3B Brandon Wood and an outfield prospect.

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In an article on ESPN.com, Jayson Stark is reporting that the Phillies latest offer of J.A. Happ, Michael Taylor, Carlos Carrasco and Jason Donald for Roy Halladay has been rejected by the Blue Jays.

At one point, Taylor, Carrasco and Donald were all on Philadelphia's list of "untouchables", none the less the Blue Jays had informed the Phillies that this proposal was "not going to work".

Fore more details on this, check out Stark's article.

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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.

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MLB Home Run says MLB Network are reporting the Phillies may be close to a deal that will bring Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays to the Phillies.

…i have had MLB Network on, and do not see anything on their news scroll… but, halladay going to Philadelphia is seeming more and more likely every day… well, here’s to soon watching Johan Santana vs. Roy Halladay

Update, 4:20 pm:

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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets pulled out of talks with the Blue Jays regarding Roy Halladay when asked about OF Fernando Martinez.

well, i think it’s safe to say the Mets will not be acquiring haladay, if they are unwilling to part with martinez… personally, i am unsure… i mean, again, the thought of pairing halladay with Johan Santana, and a healthy lineup next season, Francisco Rodriguez in the bullpen, and keeping Brad Holt and Jennry Mejia is still quite appealing

…by the way, from what i can gather, the Mets still love martinez and believe he will be a star… the thing is, so do the Jays, and other teams around the league, and, apparently, his performance, at 20 years old, this season for the Mets helped his case… i’d have thought it hurt it, but, apparently, this is why i am not a scout… the concern, however, seems to be that has still yet to play a long stretch of games, perform consistently well and stay healthy

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ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark told ESPN Radio that he still believes the Phillies have the best chance of acquiring Roy Halladay from the Jays, who are seeking young, major-league ready pitching and other top prospects in a deal.

…ummm, so, like, i don’t know, say, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese, Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada, perhaps

…nevertheless, like i said the other day, from what i can tell, if he is traded, halladay will likely end up on the Phillies, because they match up best… at which point, if a deal is not worked out with the Phillies, the Jays will sooner keep him, sell a few more tickets, ride out the season, and then wrangle in more interested buyers during the off season when the club will be working to improve for 2010 anyway, making the whole overhaul easier to sell to their fans

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Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi told MLB.com he has set a July 28 deadline for a potential Roy Halladay deal.

However, he added, “I think at this point, it's probably unlikely that we'll trade Doc… As you get closer and closer to the deadline, no one's really stepped up yet… We've got to be highly motivated to move him, so we haven't been highly motivated yet.”

According to Ricciardi, he does not want Halladay going in to his start on July 29 wondering if he will be traded.

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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.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Mets and Yankees are not seriously pursuing Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay.

Sherman quotes a Toronto team official as saying there is ‘absolutely nothing’ going on with the Blue Jays and Mets, and that there is no truth to Jon Heyman’s report in SI.com that said Omar Minaya rejected a four-player deal to get Halladay.

of course, this will not stop people from assuming he did, thus slamming him for rejecting a deal that never occurred

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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.

However, today, in a post to Twitter, ESPN’s Keith Law says the trade rumor is ‘bogus,’ having been ‘shot down by multiple sources.’

Similarly, I talked with a baseball person in Philadelphia, an agent, and two people connected to the Mets, and all four believe Minaya would have accepted such a deal had it been actually presented to him, i.e., maybe the Jays and Mets talked, but no hard offer was made.

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Update, 6:27 am:

Omar Minaya told reporters prior to last night’s game that he will continue to talk other clubs, when asked if he will be a buyer at the July 31 Trade Deadline.

“We’re gonna continue to talk to other clubs and see if there’s a fit and we’re gonna try to improve the team,” he said.  “Does that make us buyers?  Yes, we’re gonna continue to talk to clubs.”

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Update, 2:10 pm:

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Phillies may be less inclined to trade for Jays RHP Roy Halladay if they continues to expand their lead in the National League East.

great… glad we could help, toronto… ugh

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This morning, during WFAN’s morning show, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said there is a lot of backlash from Blue Jays fans towards the team and the potential of losing RHP Roy Halladay in a trade.

As such, Heyman said, the Yankees are convinced Halladay will not be traded to them or the Red Sox, i.e., within the division.

Heyman said he believes there is a 60 percent chance Halladay is traded this season, and he lists the Phillies, Giants and Angels, today, as the teams most likely to acquire him.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com believes the Blue Jays are listening to offers for OF Alex Rios, who is hitting .259 with 10 HR, and will earn $60 million over the next five seasons.

According to Rosenthal, the Jays might be asking teams interested in RHP Roy Halladay to take on either Rios, Vernon Wells or Scott Rolen.

This morning on WFAN, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said the Yankees and Mets are among 12 teams who have contacted the Jays regarding Halladay.

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