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Is it time for the Blue Jays to trade Roy Halladay?
Wed, July 8, 2009

By MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

There was a time when Roy Halladay never would contemplate accepting a trade to leave the Blue Jays.

But those days are long gone.

And sooner, rather than later, so too will Halladay.

J.P. Ricciardi, the Blue Jays general manager, opened up the big can of worms surrounding the possible trading of the Jays all-star right-hander yesterday when he told a U.S.-based website: "We have to see what's out there. I'm not saying we're going to shop him. But if something makes sense, we at least have to listen. We're (leaning) more toward listening than we've ever been."

Halladay's three-year, $40-million US contract runs out in 2010, which will fuel speculation about his departure through this year's July 31 trade deadline and beyond.

What are your thoughts on Halladay's future in Toronto? Have your say in our forum.

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They better get everything and the kitchen sink 'cause that's what he's worth.
fRE, 2009-07-09 16:19:25

Roy has been a great player for the Jays, but it's time for him to move to a contender. He is the best pitcher in baseball, and being with the Jays is hurting his career numbers. The Jays should package Halladay, Wells, Rios, Ryan, and Scutarro (only because he's a free agent at season's end). Let's get some young talent and a few high draft picks for these guys. As a realist, there is little chance the Jays can contend with the current roster this year. It's time to trade for the future. Thanks for your commitment to the Jays, Roy. May greener pastures bring you a ring.
PK, 2009-07-08 15:45:44

Doc deserves to play for a winner.That just isn't going to happen before his contract runs out in 2010, when he will likely go as a free agent anyways. So trade him for some good, young talent and, while they are at it, get rid of Wells (long overated), Rios (a puzzle), Ryan (a dud), and Overbay (overpaid). The Jays have a good farm system and the right manager and coaches, so all they need is some good prospects.
John, 2009-07-08 15:12:54

He's been the backbone of the team for a long time. Young pitchers count themselves fortunate to have had Roy as their mentor. At one time, he owed something to the Blue Jay organization. He doesn't anymore. If the organization cares about Roy Halladay, the human being, they will let him go to a contender (while trying to get the best return for him that they can). Also, it would be best if they could trade him to a contender out of the Jay's division. I can see Halladay with the Dodgers for instance.
Cinders, 2009-07-08 14:44:51

Honestly, I think getting rid of Doc is not the answer. Doc is the cornerstone of a great ball club including a great mentor for other pitchers.

They need to shake up the team and get some pitchers ASAP, not next season but this year. Ryan definately should be on the chopping block.

I do agree with many others on here, get rid of Riccardi NOW! He is not helping the team at all.

Cito is doing a great job as manager and is trying his best.

Go Jays Go!
Christina, 2009-07-08 14:34:15

Roy deserves to be on a competitive team that has a good chance of winning the World Series. He has done quite enough for Toronto, stands way above everyone else and I wish him the best wherever he may go!
Gary, 2009-07-08 12:58:47

The Jays should trade Hallday, and include overpayd Wells and Ryan, it's the only way anyone will take Wells or Ryan. This will clear up room for free agents next season. If they can get two middle of rotation guys back for next year and then sign some free agents. Speacialy since the baseball economy isn't that great, the free agents will be cheaper then ever. Go Jays Go
Rafael Jays Fan, 2009-07-08 12:37:48

One thing people are forgetting is that Halladay may walk after next year anyway. I don't think he will want to be with a team that is 3rd or 4th best in their respective divisions.

Halladay is a trade asset. He must be traded, along with Rolen, Rios, Overbay, Wells, Millar for young prospects, preferably pitching prospects because in my opinion you can always go out and buy hitting.

The trick is to sign these young players to long term deals, ala the Indians of the 90's.

Bluejay management should come up with a strategy of going young with its core players and adding experience whenever necessary.

Personally I am tired of being told this years (insert year) Jays team might have a chance, when it is obvious that they do not have the pieces to compete.
Howard, 2009-07-08 11:47:04

Trading Halladay is NOT in the best interest of the team, unless the team is willing to concede! If the team is willing to concede then getting rid of Riccardi should be first on the list...

this team has awesome power and great defense..check the stats, we are leading in many categories or just about on top,..but look at the standings...we are 7-8 games behind in the toughest devision in the majors. Halliday is the back bone, and getting a pitching roster around him is crucial.. you want to better the team...Wells and Rios are expendible for some awesome pitching... I think Rios needs a change..he has great potential but seems to give ZERO effort every at bat..Wells is a very very close second..I say they go. get pitching deserving of being in the roptation..not just by default...young guys like Cecil and a few others HAVE to go...they can't sustain the pressure and look at their count..they fall behind almost every at bat and always working hard to survive the next inning...this puts lots of pressur eon the offense who can't always produce..and god we know they can produce unlike anyone else..and that without Rios and Wells...

The srating rotation has been pegged with more injuries that no other team has seen in years..why so? bad conditioning or just BAD luck? Don't know, but all we see is bad relievers, like B.J. CHOKE ONCE AGAIN RYAN.. who can't even sustain mid reliever position...his ERA is atrocious... I say he goes too... two years or frsutration and mediocre performance for MUCH $$$.

So to conceded is not what we has fans want..we aren't too far off, the season is still well in reach, but has to be done shortly..and this not by conceeding by trading Halliday..then where do we stand.. the team would fall apart, and the pressure for the starters would be even greater..regardless of who they get in return...

Don' t you agree?
RM, 2009-07-08 10:51:25

No it is time to get rid of J.P. Riccardi. This man is a joke that has done nothing to address their issues. It is always next season and for him there should be no next season. Halliday is the face of the Jays, get him some pitching support and get rid of the dead wood like Dellucci (another great Ricciardi signing), BJ Ryan, Brett Cecil and make it clear to the big money guys that they better pick it up or they are up for trade.

I feel sorry for Cito, a great manager given an explosive offence with no pitching to keep the games close.

Just my 2cents worth
Woody, 2009-07-08 10:23:45

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