TORONTO - The best trade offer the Blue Jays ever had for Roy Halladay?
Well, in early December after the 2009 winter meetings in Indianapolis, it was right-hander Kyle Drabek, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Michael Taylor, who was then moved for Brett Wallace, then flipped for outfielder Anthony Gose.
The best offer ever?
It came five months earlier, leading to the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline.
The Boston Red Sox offered right-handed starters Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson, reliever Michael Bowden, lefty Nick Hagadone and a position player, likely outfielder Josh Reddick.
Buchholz, then 24, was 3-3 with a 4.38 ERA in nine starts with the Sox, as well as 7-2, 2.36 ERA in 17 games at triple-A Pawtucket at the deadline.
Masterson, then 24, was 3-3 with a 4.50 mark in 31 games, six starts, with the Sox before being dealt at the deadline to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez.
Bowden, then 22, had appeared in two games with the Sox and was 4-6 with a 3.13 in 24 starts at Pawtucket.
Hagadone, then 23, was 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 starts at class-A Greenville. He was also sent to Cleveland along with Masterson.
Reddick, then 22, appeared in nine games with the Sox, hitting .245 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs in 81 games at double-A Portland and Pawtucket, before the deadline.
By the time the Sox reached the winter meetings at Indianapolis, Boston would not move Buchholz for Halladay.
Would the Jays be better with the Boston five?
Would the Sox be better with Halladay?
Yes and yes, but Halladay was driving the bus then with his no-trade clause.
Chris Carpenter has won 93 games and pitched 1,3072/3 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals, winning a Cy Young Award, finishing second one year and third another.
With a contract extension in place, Carpenter will have earned $76,743,554 US since Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi and assistant GM Tim McCleary told Carpenter during the final week of 2002 they could not afford the $300,000 minimum the injured Carpenter wanted in 2003.
Has a team ever had back-to-back, first-round picks like Carpenter and Halladay in 1994 and ’95 under scouting director Bob Engle, plus cross checkers Tim Wilken and Wilbur (Moose) Johnson?
Carpenter is 142-92 in his career (.607 win percentage) with a 3.80 ERA in 344 games pitching 2,1781/3 innings, striking out 1,664.
Halladay is 187-91 (.673) with a 3.24 ERA in 376 games working 2,517 innings, fanning 1,925.
Both are in their 14th seasons.
Haven’t seen Moneyball the movie yet
We’re told, from sources deep within a neighbourhood Cineplex (row 23, seats 11-12) that the final tag line reads: “Two years later using Moneyball philosophies the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.”
The Sox were almost swept in four games by the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Before Game 4, Boston players were wishing the Yanks good luck in the Series. Then, Dave Roberts stole second in the ninth, Bill Mueller singled in the tying run off Mariano Rivera and David Ortiz hit a game-winner in the 12th.
Boston won three in a row to advance and swept the Cards in the Series.
Boston may have used some Moneyball theories, but to recap ...
Boston, the No. 2 team in terms of team payroll ($125.2 million), opened by eliminating No. 3 Anaheim Angels ($101 million), then No. 1 Yanks ($182.8 million) and finally No. 11, the Cards ($75.6 million).
Pat Gillick, then Jays GM, director of player personnel Elliott Wahle, scouts Bob Zuk and Wayne Morgan signed Korean right-hander Choi Dong-won to a four-year deal in 1981, with a $250,000 bonus.
After seeing him pitch in Edmonton, Morgan predicted the right-hander would be the next Dave Stieb. Plus he’d gone 13-1 with a 2.62 ERA for the Lotte Giants of the Korean League.
Choi took the first installment of the bonus, but never showed in Dunedin.
Each Korean male has to serve a three-year military commitment. The Korean government waived Choi’s ... as long as he pitched in Korea until 1987.
The Jays said he could have earned $610,000, if all his incentive clauses were reached. His salary for 1982 would have been $32,000.
With the 1984 Lotte, he recorded 24 wins and 223 strikeouts in 284 2/3 innings, with a 2.40 ERA.
Choi had a lengthy presence at 1 Blue Jays Way, remaining on the Jays organizational chart for decades on the restricted list — longer than Tony Fernandez or Carlos Delgado were active.
He died last week due to cancer at age 53.
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Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully still has it as he indicated the other night: “Was reading the paper on Dominican politics, there’s an election coming, the mayor of San Cristóbal is throwing his weight around and the mayor of San Cristóbal is (pause) Raul Mondesi. That is not one that I saw coming ... Mayor Mondesi.” ... Suggestion for Jays 2012 media guide cover: picture of three or four starters beating the crap out of the dugout bench. No broken knuckles, wrists or bones yet, but it’s early ... Jays gave 6-foot, 170-pound Dominican shortstop Dawel Lugo to $1.3-million bonus. A year ago the Jays gave out the top bonus to a Latin American, paying Venezuelan right-hander Adonys Cardona $2.8 million and third baseman Gabriel Cenas $700,000, 18th highest.