MLB

Yanks talking to Jays, but is there interest?

Share This Story

Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal has been the FOXSports.com's Senior MLB Writer since August 2005. He appears weekly on MLB on FOX, FOX Sports Radio and MLB Network. He's a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke on Tuesday with his Blue Jays counterpart, J.P. Ricciardi, as the Red Sox emerged as a leading player for Jays ace Roy Halladay.

So what else is new?

Roy Halladay It might seem like Roy Halladay is the only trade candidate in baseball, but there are plenty more. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have the latest news.
Where the Red Sox go, the Yankees follow, and vice versa. But how serious the Yankees are about Halladay is not known. The Phillies remain firmly in the mix for Halladay while also exploring options such as Indians left-hander Cliff Lee and Mariners lefty Jarrod Washburn, sources say. The Rangers continue to show persistence in the Halladay discussions, though many doubt whether they could afford the financial commitment. The Angels, unable to offer a major-league-ready starting pitcher such as Phillies lefty J.A. Happ or Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz, are on the periphery along with the Dodgers. With Friday's nonwaiver deadline looming, it is not surprising that Cashman touched base with Ricciardi, regardless of whether he was motivated by the Red Sox's pursuit of Halladay. For Cashman, such contact is routine. He also inquired on Lee and Washburn on Tuesday. Cashman, like his Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, checks in on every available big name. Often, Cashman's interest is minimal. But occasionally, he's up to something more. Informed that the Yankees were merely "touching base" on Halladay, one rival general manager cracked, "That means they're all in." Actually, the Yankees merely might be more interested in available Blue Jays relievers such as right-hander Jason Frasor.
But Halladay cannot be ignored. The Yankees resisted trading top prospects while taking on a big salary in their pursuit of Johan Santana during the 2007-08 offseason. Halladay, though, is not an exact parallel. Santana received a six-year, $137.5 million contract from the Mets in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause. Halladay, sources say, would not require the same kind of commitment. His goal is to join a consistent winner. He would not require a contract extension to waive his no-trade clause, though he might welcome one in time. His remaining salary is about $4.75 million this season, plus $15.75 million next season. Even to the Yankees, those sums are not inconsequential, especially in a challenging economy. Still, the Yankees learned Tuesday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will undergo season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery. They currently are using right-hander Sergio Mitre as their fifth starter. In short, they are one injury away — Andy Petttitte, Joba Chamberlain, A.J. Burnett, take your pick — from a full-blown rotation crisis. They are also one trade away from an outrageous front three of Halladay, CC Sabathia and Burnett. The Blue Jays, one source says, want both Chamberlain and Phil Hughes in any package for Halladay. The Yankees might include one, but not the other. They also are loathe to put either in the same package with catcher Jesus Montero, who has an .891 OPS at Class AA at age 19. But the Jays also like other Yankees prospects -- catcher Austin Romine, center fielder Austin Jackson, left-hander Jeremy Bleich. And then there is this: If the Yankees get Halladay, the Red Sox will not. Halladay, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester would form another outrageous front three. But if the Red Sox fail to land Halladay — or Lee — they will face continued questions about their rotation. The injured Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield. The ineffective John Smoltz. Maybe the Yankees' interest in Halladay is indeed minimal; they could make an easier deal for Washburn, a pitcher whom they also tried to acquire last season. Halladay ranks third in the American League with a 2.62 ERA. Washburn is fourth at 2.64. Yet the acquisition cost for Washburn, in both players and dollars, would be much less. Washburn seems the more logical play for the Yankees, until you start thinking about the Red Sox getting Halladay. The Jays can only hope that both AL East super-powers will turn completely paranoid, though both teams have become increasingly restrained and rational in recent years. The Red Sox are in on Halladay. Et tu, Yankees?
Tagged: Red Sox, Indians, Yankees, Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, Mets, Phillies, Tim Wakefield, CC Sabathia, Johan Santana, A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett, Cliff Lee, Sergio Mitre, Chien-Ming Wang, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Phil Hughes, J.A. Happ, Joba Chamberlain, Clay Buchholz, Austin Jackson

More Stories From Ken Rosenthal



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..