Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Positives and Negatives of a Halladay Trade

The Toronto Blue Jays have there own deadline for any potential Roy Halladay trade and the Jays want to move Halladay before the the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. JP Riccardi said Tuesday that if he isn't offered a proper package of players by July 28th, the American Leagues top pitcher would be staying put.

There has been a ton of fan and media speculation on the Giants front as to what it may cost to add Roy Halladay to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in the Giants rotation recently. If the Giants want Toronto's ace, it would probably cost them both Madison Bumgarner and Tim Alderson. I know you never can tell what your going to get with pitching prospects until they actually show up, but I really don't see it being worth it for the Giants to deal away two potential aces for a year and two months of Roy Halladay. If the Giants traded for Holladay with the plan in mind of signing him to an extension, then it would be tying up over 200 million dollars in two pitchers in their 30's (Barry Zito and Halladay) which would also cut into any funds they would have for signing a free agent hitter. Don't get me wrong though, adding Roy Halladay to the Giants rotation would be pretty darn scary, and probably put them in the playoffs this year, but they'd still be a team with some flaws, and wouldn't have the resources available to fix them.

A Halladay/Rios to the Giants deal is a little more intriguing on the Giants part. If they're going to have to part with Bumgarner and Alderson, then they should be able to get some offense in return. Rios hasn't had his greatest offensive showing over the last year and a half, but he's just entering his prime, has that solid combo of speed and power, and is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. He's the type of guy they need to get in the middle of this lineup to help out Pablo Sandoval and Bengie Molina. Roy Halladay is a great pitcher and would help out anybodies rotation and probably be enough for this Giants team to make the playoffs in 2009, but in the long-term, the Giants need to save their resources for that bat or two that they're going to eventually need to make them serious contenders.

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