There has been a lot of trade talk the last couple of weeks, due to the winter meetings and also due to the lack of starting pitchers to go around. First of all, the biggest staring pitcher out there, Roy Halladay. He is BY FAR the best starting pitcher in the majors, he consistently wins 20 games and has a sub 3.00 ERA every season. On top of all of that he also throws at least 10 complete games a season and throws well over 200 innings.
The Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees are getting in on Halladay. The Yankees are willing to be stupid a lot by trading all of their farm system, which the Blue Jays want. We all remeber what the Yankees did to get Bobby Abreu. The Blue Jays want prospects and future, and the Yankees can give them that.
The Red Sox have agreed to sign John Lackey to a 5 year deal so I don't think they'll want a guy like Halladay but someone like Gil Meche or maybe taking a chance on Chien Ming Wang.
The Phillies have agreed to trade their top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek to get Roy Halladay. Now, I think Halladay is the best so don't get me wrong but...I think that's an idiotic deal if you're the Phillies. I mean, he's the top pitching prospect in baseball and you're going to trade him for a ball player who is nearly 33 years old. Now if the Phillies were able to keep Cliff Lee, then by all means make the trade. The Phillies have quite a few question marks, will Cole Hamels ever be himself again? Will the Phillies be able to get a solid pitching rotation with or without Halladay? Do we need a new closer?
The truth is that the Phillies have more problems then the average club even though they made it to the World Series again. Brad Lidge has been a wreck ever since Pujols hit that game tying home run with 2 strikes off of him in the 2006 NLCS. Yeah he had an AMAZING season in 2008 but he has proven that he cannot be trusted. Cole Hamels hasn't looked good but I think we can expect him to at least win 14 or 15 games next season. After Cole Hamels, who's going to start??? J.A. Happ hasn't proven himself yet and Blanton lacked much to be desired.
Now getting to the top outfield free agents, Jason Bay and Matt Holliday. I think that Bay will end up with the Mets right now, things seem to be going nicely with the talks, and I don't think the Mets can afford not to get Bay.
Matt Holliday on the other hand I think is going to be a hard sign EVEN if you're the Yankees. Holliday is asking at LEAST 20 million a season. You can count the Mets out, I don't think the Yankees are in due to all of the money they spent last year, the Red Sox would rather have Bay because Bay has proven he can handle the pressure in Boston, the Phillies are a good match because they have a hitter's ballpark, so I think that Holliday would be a good fit in Philly. Howard and Holliday could hit 100+ home runs added together due to that ballpark.