If you haven’t seen it, check out Jon Heyman’s latest column. Anything that leads with the Yankees making a phone call about Roy Halladay is worth a read.
The free agency free-for-all begins on Friday, when free agents are free to negotiate with any and every team. In that free agent market, John Lackey is the best pitcher available. In all of baseball, Halladay is the best pitcher who could change teams this winter.
One thing to keep in mind about the Yankees calling the Blue Jays is… Why wouldn’t they? They have to kick the tires. If Halladay were traded to the Red Sox straight up for Rocco Baldelli, every other team in baseball would look like fools for not checking on Halladay’s availability. There’s no harm in making a phone call.
But the Blue Jays do seem like a team that needs to make big moves when possible. They can’t beat the Yankees or Red Sox right now and might not be able to make a serious run at them until Halladay is well past his peak. Trading him — even within the division — for two or three high-end prospects makes sense. I have no idea what the asking price might be, but Halladay is better than Lackey and he’ll surely cost fewer prospects than Felix Hernandez. The Yankees are right to make some phone calls and ask some questions.