A few more thoughts on the Roy Halladay situation …
J.P. Ricciardi is not a popular fellow in Toronto. Whatever success the team has is credited to Cito Gaston and whatever goes wrong is blamed on the GM. His big-money deals for free agents B.J. Ryan and Troy Glaus went sour and the Vernon Wells contract is a disaster. Even A.J. Burnett backfired on him.
Ricciardi tangles with the writers and fans up there and at one point last season it wouldn’t have been stunning had he been let go.
Trading Halladay will be what defines him as a GM. Either he wins or he loses and that will determine whether he stays on the job.
Imagine for a second how it would play in Toronto if Halladay goes to the Yankees and wins Game 7 of the World Series. That would want to throw Ricciardi off the CN Tower.
He has to get a huge haul for Halladay. A position player ready to go, a top-notch pitching prospect and a high level prospect.
I don’t think the Yankees have the young, MLB-ready position player Toronto would require. Robinson Cano fills the bill but Toronto has an All-Star second baseman. Austin Jackson, while a fine prospect, is not a sure-fire superstar. This is a deal that requires quality, not quantity.
Whenever you think of a trade, put yourself in the other GM’s shoes and imagine being at a press conference to announce the deal. He needs to be able to stand up there and smile, not stand up there and try to convince people that Ramiro Pena has a lot of upside and Andrew Brackman really throws hard.
The bigger issue is trading in the division. That is a risk Ricciardi cannot take — unless he has a parachute handy.