Monday, July 27, 2009

Phillies Talks with Jays Sour

        The Phillies and the Blue Jays have made no progress in discussing a trade involving Roy Halladay according to reports.  Apparently there has been some animosity between both teams according to some reports.  The deadline is four days away and it seems like every day opinions change on whether the Phils will get Halladay.

        Today's stories would indicate that the Philies won't get the Blue Jays' ace, but it changes every day.  Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the talks between the teams are "not going well," citing a source with close knowledge of the negotiations.  Stark writes that the Jays still want both J. A. Happ and Kyle Drabek (who gave up a 1rst inning home run in a game going on right know) and the Phils are adamant about keeping one.

        The Phillies have a scout watching Cliff Lee of the Indians, who appears to be their "plan B" to Halladay.  Stark reports that Lee is "gathering steam" with the Phillies front office, citing a source familiar with their thinking.

        Toronto GM J. P. Riccardi said last week that tomorrow would be their deadline to trade away Halladay.  According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, they will take offers for Halladay all the way up to the actual trade deadline.  Sherman also reported that the Jays would want at least one player in the deal that could join the team right away.  That would mean J. A. Happ for the Phils.

        According to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have released a statement saying their is no animosity in their point of view between them any other team they are negotiating with.  



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