In today’s New York Daily News, Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden report that Boston is apparently “putting on a full-court press” in order to obtain Jays pitcher Roy Halliday. Citing an unnamed source who said Boston would “love to get it wrapped up before the winter meetings,” Feinsand and Madden speculate that any deal for Halliday would likely require Clay Buchholz and pitching/shortstop prospect Casey Kelly in exchange. Should the Yanks get involved, Joba or Hughes, with Austin Jackson and/or Jesus Montero, would likely be involved.
This report surprises me little, really. Other than adding some defined desired time to acquire Halliday, this differs little from what we at The Heartland and plenty of others have discussed. Boston clearly need and wants to bolster its pitching, and I think they will push hard for Halliday regardless of the price and despite overtures to small-market economics from apologists such as Gammons. People know how I feel about acquiring Halliday–it would be great, but not at the cost of most or all the Yankees’ top prospects, especially given the cost, need to sign Halliday to a long-term deal, his age, and the possible alternative of Lackey. Sam Borden at LoHud has a good post which represents a fair approximation of where I stand–for a couple top prospects especially without Montero and one of Joba/Hughes? I can accept that. But for me, both Joba and Hughes, or the involvement of Montero, is a non-starter. It’s just too much to ask, and would create considerable holes both in The Bronx and in the farm system. Getting it done is less the issue than the cost with me.
[Edit: Good follow-up from Chad Jennings, who has done so much to make me miss Pete Abraham less and less. No offense to The Mighty Abe, but Jennings and Borden more than adequately fill in for the hard work that Abraham did, and seem a little less cantankerous.]
As with other hot stove developments, we will have to wait and see.
The family and I are heading out tonight to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. From The Heartland, I wish all you good readers and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. Eat, drink, be merry, and be safe. As Yankees fans, we have had a lot for which to be thankful. Be mindful, however, of those in life who are in need in these trying economic times, and try to give whatever you can to comfort and assist others.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!