Thursday, July 23, 2009
Fanning the Flames of the Halladay Trade Talks
Here is how the Yankees land Roy Halladay: they take Vernon Wells with him. This is the only way the Yankees land Halladay without such a huge cost in prospects. Don't get me wrong, we'll still have to give up some guys, but Wells' contract is quite the monstrosity, and the Blue Jays would be willing to forego some top guys to get rid of it. The issue is that the Blue Jays problem then becomes our problem. Wells' contract is majorly backloaded, and he's signed through 2014. Next season he makes $12.5 million, which isn't so bad, but in 2011 he makes $23 million, and then $21 million each season thereafter. Further more, Wells hasn't exactly been tearing it up. If the Yankees go this route, they'll have to ask for cash to be sent with Wells to pay for part of this salary, and then I think the Yankees could package Wells and the cash to some team in need of an outfielder with some power and deep enough pockets i.e. the Mets. I don't really care who we get for him, just so long as we get rid of the contract, and end up with Halladay. The only Mets player I would be semi-interested in would be Pedro Feliciano who would be a decent lefty to have in our bullpen, but again, the deal is more about getting rid of Wells' contract. So, there you have it, a simple yet risky way to land Roy Halladay.