Jays Trade Halladay to Yankees!!!!!

O.K., so it hasn’t exactly happened yet. But Dan Graziano’s item in the Newark Star-Ledger the other day got me obsessing about the Blue Jays. 


What if they can’t or don’t even try to re-sign A.J. Burnett and, as a result, decide to cut payroll? Roy Halladay is supposed to make $30 million over the next two years. Will the Jays be up for that? And will Doc himself have any interest in staying in Toronto without his buddy in the rotation? He looks pretty depressed just contemplating it.
Graziano said: “Toronto did some quiet snooping around the trade deadline to see what kind of package they could get if they did put Halladay on the market.”
Excuse me? They actually floated the idea of trading Harry Leroy Halladay III? The best pitcher in the American League? The Cy Young award winner and five-time All-Star? The guy who throws complete games? They thought about trading him and no one told She-Fan?
“Halladay might not want to stick around,” Graziano theorized. “And he’d bring a treasure trove of talent in a trade.”
Did you read that, Cashman? The Yankees should forget about CC, A.J., D-Lowe, and all the other pretenders and go for the hurler who not only has the best nickname in baseball but strikes fear in the hearts of batters all across this great land of ours. Sure, it’s a long shot, since the Yanks and Jays are in the same division. But you have to try. We got the Babe from the Red Sox, remember?
The one glitch is the treasure trove of talent Graziano mentioned.
We don’t have one. Offering the Blue Jays a package of Cano, Melky, Hughes, and Kennedy won’t make this deal happen.
But I’m not giving up and neither should Cashman. Because we do have treasures we could put on the table. They just aren’t wearing pinstripes.
For example, we could give the Blue Jays some diamonds.
And rubies.
And emeralds.
Even gold bullion. We probably have enough left from what they used on the lettering at the new Stadium.
See? Who says we don’t have treasures. And there’s more!
We could ship some New York landmarks to Canada.
And, although a lot of people cross over it to get to and from the Bronx, we could part with it for Roy Halladay. They can take the Lincoln Tunnel, for goodness sake. Or the Holland.
And then there are the quintessential New York luminaries we could send them. Like him.
And him.
And them.
Oh, I suppose we’d have to toss in a Steinbrenner. Not Hal, of course, now that he’s our Control Person. And not Hank, because he’s such fun. How about one of the girls? Perhaps we give them Jessica Steinbrenner, bless her heart.
It’s clear that we can come up with a more than satisfactory package, isn’t it? So please, Cashman. Think about this. Roy would be the answer to our prayers. To mine, anyway.


  1. marks8@optonline.net

    “Offering the Blue Jays a package of Cano, Melky, Hughes, and Kennedy won’t make this deal happen.” Ok, add Igawa if we must. Seriously though he’s exactly what we need. Oh well.

    Mark/Baseball Hot Corner

  2. hseely@twcny.rr.com


    Are you sure that’s Jessica Steinbrenner? Looked to me as though Hank just might have a whimsical side.

    El duque

  3. alexcoast2coastbball

    Jane, you really got me excited with that headline.

    it’s early and i hadn’t checked other blogs yet so ofcourse i got a rush of excitement.


  4. Jane Heller

    Igawa! Why didn’t I throw him into the package? That’ll get it done, Mark. And, if they really beg, we could consider Chris Britton.

    Julia, you couldn’t live without the Yankees in your division. You love us. You know you do.

    Duque, I took another look at “Jessica” and I can tell she’s the real deal. No five o’clock shadow.

    Sorry I excited you with that headline, alex. I was engaging in wishful (or, as my husband says, “insane”) thinking.

  5. Jane Heller

    Crying wolf is just another term for thinking wishfully, Paul. As for spelling Halladay wrong, you must be mistaken. (Yes, I should be suspended and/or fined, but through the magic of movable type I made it all better.)

  6. bern_asoto

    Hey, Jane, thanks for adding my newest blog to your blogroll, and guys, it’s an additional blog. It doesn’t replace Lady At The Bat. Enjoy!

    Oh, no, Roy Halladay! If this long-shot trade does happen, I’m going to go crazy listening to everyone in NYC call him Roy “Holiday.” It just drives me nuts!

  7. neal07

    Oh jeez, I almost had a heart attack from joy when I saw that title! Then I thought, how did I miss that on the Yankees’ site??? I hope a Halladay trade does occur. Even the package you’ve put together may not be enough, though, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high.

  8. Elizabeth D

    When I saw the headline of this blog, my mouth dropped, and I almost started to choke. I can’t believe the Jays would put Halladay on the market, I mean, some team is going to have to make one hell of a trade to get him. But he is the best guy in the league, I’d drop the offers to CC, forget about Burnett and Lowe too.
    As far as the Red Sox trade with Coco goes, I do think that Ramirez will become a valuable asset to our ‘pen… our season showed that we definitely needed some more bullpen depth. And now Jacoby can play full time center field!!

  9. levelboss

    there’s an article at mlbtraderumors.com about a what-if scenario in which the Yankees don’t sign any big name pitcher (Sabathia, Burnett, Lowe)..

    Sabathia wants to be in California, Burnett wants 5 years, and i think Lowe wants to pitch for Boston again

    i say the Yankees should make Teixeira their first priority and then somehow work out a deal with Burnett (maybe 4 years with a fat option/buyout)
    how about Ben Sheets? Peavy?

  10. Jane Heller

    Welcome to MLB Blogs, Bern. Your Lady at the Bat blog was one of the first she-fan sites I heard about, so it’s great to have you in our community.

    Didn’t mean to give you a heart attack, Neal. I almost had one myself when I first read that Graziano item. Just the sheer possibility of a trade for Doc sent my blood pressure sky high.

    Didn’t mean to make you choke either, Elizabeth. (I should be ashamed of myself, causing all these physical maladies.) I’m sure the Jays will hold onto Halladay, and my dream will be just that. And yeah, nice trade for Coco. You can never have enough arms in the pen and you’ve already got a good CF-er.

    That article is depressing, levelboss. I know the rest of the baseball world would rejoice if all the FA pitchers rejected the Yankees, but I doubt it’ll go that way. Keep the faith.

  11. welikeroywelikeroy

    I don’t think anything is trading that well in New York right now! Maybe 2010 if the Jays continue to tank!

    My favorite player a Yankee?? I can’t even fathom it! I was mad when we traded you guys Clemens! Think how mad I’d be if this happened! I will ALWAYS be a Halladay fan no matter where he goes, but I hope its not anytime soon. Not that I would want Jeter, but would you trade Jeter for him? lol. Then I would have heard it all!


  12. Jane Heller

    I thought of you, welikeroy, as I was writing that post. I was worried you’d be really, really mad. But remember, I’ve made no secret of my admiration for your guy. And even if the Jays did trade him it wouldn’t be to the Yankees. Would I trade Jeter for him? Now you’re making me squirm.

  13. Jane Heller

    I agree. Cashman SHOULD give away the house to get the best pitcher in the league. If the Blue Jays called me, I’d say, “Name the players you want.”

  14. jboogie

    I too got a little giddy when I saw your title. Figured I missed it out there on the web. I would love to see Doc in pinstripes, but as you said, I don’t think they have the talent to make it happen. The package would have to start with Hughes and maybe Dellin Betances. The only other realy highly touted prospect that I can think of is Austin Jackson and I’m not sure he’d fit in with Toronto’s plan for their OF. Hughes, Betances and Jackson would be too rich for my blood. I’d consider A-Jax to be untouchable considering our aging OF. It’s sure fun to think about though. They did after all get Clemens from the Jays so anything is possible. If there’s a way to get it done, Cash will find it.



  15. Jane Heller

    You know what, J-Boogie? I’d actually give up A-Jax for Doc Halladay. Well, I’d consider it, especially if CC gives us the cold shoulder.

  16. rabruzzese

    Hey it’s Rob from over at http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com. Sorry I didn’t put your blog on my blogroll. No slight to you, I just copied one of the newpaper’s blogrolls and yours wasn’t on the list.

    Like your blog though, and I like the idea of the Yankees getting the Doc. That would be great wouldn’t it? I think they might even include Montero in a deal like that.

  17. Jane Heller

    Hey, Rob. Thanks for stopping by. No slight taken about the blog roll. Now you know: She-Fan exists and she’s visualizing a trade for Halladay.

  18. pinstripepride3

    I’m OK with giving up all the players you mentioned, and the diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. I’ve seen the statue many times, so it can go too. I like Rudy, but for Halliday he’s gone in a heartbeat. The Trumps, a Steinbrenner, and Michael Kay? No problem. I’ll even throw in a piece of the frieze from the old stadium and the plaques of all three popes from Monument Park. Here’s where I run into an issue: The GWB and both tunnels. What am I supposed to do, swim to Yankee Stadium? Or spend three hours going over the Tappan Zee? Or maybe take what would become an incredibly crowded ferry? Let’s not even discuss the subway. Still, Roy Halliday. OK, I’ll swim there, but only if the Blue Jays are willing to take Waldmyn and Sterling off our hands…and Halliday better stay off the DL and win the Cy Young every year he’s here, otherwise they need to ship the bridge back.


  19. Jane Heller

    You do make a valid point about the bridges and tunnels. I would put my foot down on having to swim to the Stadium even if it meant getting Roy Halladay. How about we give the Jays the Hamptons Jitneys instead.

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