DUNEDIN — By pure happenstance, when the Blue Jays go to Clearwater on Monday to play the Phillies, the two starting pitchers will be Kyle Drabek and some plug named Halladay.
The two central figures in the trade made during the winter following the 2009 season have not faced each other previously but this pre-season matchup, albeit probably no more than two innings for each pitcher, could be a prelude to a regular-season matchup when Roy Halladay and the Phils come to Toronto for an interleague series on the Canada Day weekend this season.
Halladay went to the Phils in exchange for Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Taylor, who was flipped to the A’s for first baseman Brett Wallace. In a separate but related deal, the Phils sent lefty Cliff Lee to Seattle for prospects. Wallace was later dealt to Houston in exchange for centre-field prospect Anthony Gose. Lee was eventually dealt by Seattle to Texas and then went back to Philadelphia as a free agent this past winter.