Report: Halladay is signed, sealed and delivered

Posted by mattsmith on 15th December 2009

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Roy Halladay has agreed to a contract extension with the Phillies. Terms of the contract are undisclosed.

Here’s the breakdown on the four-team blockbuster, which now includes Oakland

Phillies Acquire (from Toronto)

  • RHP Roy Halladay
  • RHP Phillippe Aumont  (minor leaguer)
  • OF Tyson Gillies (minor leaguer)
  • RHP Juan Ramirez (minor leaguer)
  • $6 million cash

Toronto Acquires (From Philadelphia/Oakland)

  • C Travis d’Arnaud (minor leaguer)
  • RHP Kyle Drabek (minor leaguer)
  • 1B/3B Brett Wallace (minor league)

Seattle Acquires

  • LHP Cliff Lee

Oakland Acquires (From Toronto via Phillies)

  • OF Michael Taylor (minor leaguer)

 

More reaction to come …

Tags: Brett Wallace, Cliff Lee, Juan Ramirez, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillippe Aumont, Roy Halladay, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Gillies
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GM Amaro downplays Halladay-to-Phillies rumors

Posted by mattsmith on 10th December 2009

Multiple reports, including FOXSportsnet, have the Phillies as the No. 1 bidder to acquire Roy Halladay.

However, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is essentially denying those reports.

“I don’t think there’s any likeliness,” Amaro said, regarding the possibility of the Phillies being linked to Halladay. “There’s nothing likely …”

Is Amaro dicking everyone around? Verypossible. But, I think the Blue Jays are going to want J.A. Happ and a pair of top-level prospects, notably outfielder Domonic Brown and pitcher Kyle Drabek, OR Brown and outfielder Michael Taylor.

And I don’t think Amaro would pull the trigger if TWO of those young studs are required …

WITH THAT BEING SAID …

If a deal does happen, and the Phillies part way with those aforementioned prospects and Happ, it’s likely the team will shed salary. Joe Blanton, who will probably make around $7 million next year, would be probably be traded if Halladay comes to town.

So,  the Phillies’ rotation in 2010 would be Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick/Drabek…

Unfortunately, the Phillies are interested in John Smoltz and Jason Marquis to fill out the rotation …

Tags: Domonic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Philadelphia Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr.
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Report: Phillies are pursuing Halladay

Posted by mattsmith on 10th November 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Roy Halladay could be coming to Philadelphia.

The Phillies are “very much in the picture” because ”Philadelphia is into winning now, and Halladay fits that,” said one rival team executive, according to the report.

Here we go again...

Here we go again...

It is believed that the Blue Jays would not demand such a premium package considering Halladay is on the last year of his contract. A trade for Halladay would likely require stud  prospects Michael Taylor and Dominic Brown. Kyle Drabek remains untouchable, according to The Inquirer.

In addition to a top prospect (or two), J.A. Happ, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels could also be discussed in trade talks.

Tags: Cole Hamels, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino
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Drabek shut down for season

Posted by mattsmith on 30th August 2009

According to the Delaware County Daily Times, Kyle Drabek has been placed on the temporary inactive list and will miss the remainder of the minor league season.

The good news is, the Phillies’ top prospect is not injured. He’s being shut down for precautionary reasons because he had thrown 170 innings, a year after having Tommy John surgery.

Drabek compiled a 12-3 record with a 3.19 ERA in 25 starts with Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading.

Tags: Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies
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Trade talks for Indians’ Lee heating up

Posted by mattsmith on 29th July 2009

The Phillies’ chances of acquiring Roy Halladay have declined with each day.

A deal for Cliff Lee seems more likely and talks are heating up, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Three Cleveland Indians scouts are watching top prospect Carlos Carrasco pitch in an 11 a.m. EST game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It appears Carrasco would be the key piece in a trade for Lee.

Cliff Lee isnt Roy Halladay. But he isnt Turk Wendel or Omar Daal, either.

Cliff Lee isn't Roy Halladay. But he isn't Turk Wendel or Omar Daal, either.

The Phillies may be able to work out a way to avoid trading Kyle Drabek, the highly touted Double-A Reading hurler, as well as top position player prospectDominic Brown.

According to Stark, a package for Lee could include Carrasco, a top position-player prospect(Jason Donald, probably) and Class-A pitchers Jason Knapp and Trevor May.

OK, so Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies brass absolutely, positively, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt WILL NOT trade Kyle Drabek to the Blue Jays. How do I feel about that? Not many Phillies fans would agree with me, but I’m fine with Lee instead of Halladay. The Phillies aren’t going to move Drabek and that’s that. Frankly, I’m already dreaming of a rotation that includes Cole Hamels, Lee, Happ and Drabek next season…. sounds good to me.

Lee isn’t some middle-of-the-road pitcher. He’s an ace. He’s a Cy Young Award recipient. He’s not THE top guy, but he’s not some stop-gap solution, either. He’s a guy that can get you deep into games and if the Phillies can get him without surrendering Drabek… go for it.

Tags: Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians, Cliff Lee, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp, Kyle Drabek, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Philadelphia Phillies, Reading Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr., Toronto Blue Jays, Trevor May
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Spotlight: Kyle Drabek

Posted by mattsmith on 27th July 2009

GENERAL

Age: 21

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Position: P

REPORT

Drabek is the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. The much-ballyhooed right-hander has pitched extremely well at two levels this season — Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thus far, Drabek is 10-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 starts. He is developing into a strikeout pitcher, averaging about 9.0 per nine innings.

In addition, Drabek has done a good job of limiting the longball. He’s allowed only three homers, equating to an average of 0.2 per nine innings.

His walks-per-nine ratio is around 3.0.

Drabek is a hard-throwing hurler, topping out around 96-97 mph early in starts. To complement his fastball, Drabek is developing quite a curveball to keep batters guessing.

Drabek has been the focal point of the Blue Jays’ demands in trade talks involving Roy Halladay. If Drabek sticks around in the Phillies organization, he’d be a favorite to win a starting rotation spot next spring.

A first-round draftee in 2006, Drabek. underwent Tommy John surgery in his first full professional season (2007).

He is the son of former Cy Young Award winner, Doug Drabek.

Tags: Add new tag, Kyle Drabek, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Philadelphia Phillies, Reading Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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Halladay Watch: Trade far from imminent

Posted by mattsmith on 27th July 2009

The Phillies and Blue Jays aren’t making progress in trade talks involving Roy Halladay, and a deal doesn’t appear likely, according to ESPN.com.

The Blue Jays refuse to accept a trade offer that doesn’t “wow” them. The key piece to the puzzle is right-hander Kyle Drabek, who the Phillies refuse to include in any offer.

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark was told by one executive that talks are “not going well.”

The Phillies have expressed interest in 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians as a fall back plan. However, it is believed that the Tribe would require a Halladay-like package in return.

At this point, I’m starting to believe the Phillies will shock the baseball

The Roy Halladay sweepstakes are closing fast on the Phillies.

The Roy Halladay sweepstakes are closing fast on the Phillies.

world by acquiring Sidney Ponson in exchange for Adam Eaton’s leftover batting gloves…

Tags: ESPN, Jayson Stark, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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Phils’ counteroffer for Halladay denied

Posted by mattsmith on 26th July 2009

In case you missed it, ESPN.com reported Sunday that the Phillies’ counteroffer for Roy Halladay was rejected.

The Phillies offered pitchers J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco,  outfielder Michael Taylor and infielder Jason Donald. The Blue Jays were not impressed.

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I’m convinced the Phillies have to offer Drabek to get the deal done. Why not come back with Drabek, Carrasco/Jason Knapp, Michael Taylor and Donald. It’s believed that the Jays want a big league ready player… but I think the Jays would be flexible if offered arguably your top four prospects…

J.P. Ricciardi and the Blue Jays are a lot like the Soup Nazi. No Drabek?? No Halladay for you! OK, lame, but for whatever reason this beloved Seinfeld character popped in my head just before I published...

J.P. Ricciardi and the Blue Jays are a lot like the Soup Nazi. "No Drabek?? No Halladay for you!" OK, lame, but for whatever reason this beloved Seinfeld character popped in my head just before I published...

Tags: Carlos Carrasco, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Jason Donad, Jason Knapp, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Soup Nazi
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Toronto’s trade proposal rejected by Phils

Posted by mattsmith on 25th July 2009

According to ESPN, the Phillies have rejected the Blue Jays’ trade proposal for Roy Halladay.

The Jays were asking for minor league prospects Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown, as well as J.A. Happ.

The Phillies do not want to give up both Drabek and Happ, according to the report.

MLB.com reported that Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava scouted the latest outing of Triple-A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who could possibly be included in the trade, in replace of either Drabek or Happ.

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Does this mean a deal is dead? I don’t think so. I would imagine the Phillies will work aggressively in trying to get something

done. I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow the Phillies include both Drabek and Carrasco, as well as Brown or Michael Taylor.  I think this news decreases the Phillies’ chances of acquiring Halladay, but not by a drastic percentage…

Tags: Carlos Carrasco, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
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Blue Jays, Phillies in serious trade discussions

Posted by mattsmith on 25th July 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that the Phillies have an offer on the table for Roy Halladay.

Here are the players Toronto would receive:

J.A. Happ may have made his last start as a member of the Phillies.

J.A. Happ may have made his last start as a member of the Phillies.

RHP Kyle Drabek

LHP J.A. Happ

OF Dominic Brown

Drabek (Double-A Reading) and Brown (Single-A Clearwater) are regarded as two of the top minor league prospects in all of baseball. Happ has shined as arguably the Phillies’ most consistent starting pitcher this season.

From what I’ve learned, if this trade is going to be made, it’s going to happen within the next 24-48 hours.

Is this a good trade? Absolutely, for both sides. I thought about the possibility of the Phillies finding a way to avoid trading Drabek, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. You got to give just what’cha got, to get just what’cha want.

While there is a trade prospal (reportedly), there’s no guarantee the trade actually happens. There are other teams interested in Halladay and it wouldn’t surprise me if a team emerges in the 25th hour.

At this point, however, you’ve got to like the Phillies chances.

Tags: Add new tag, Dominic Brown, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
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