Melvin "open" but "realistic" about Halladay
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi says he will listen to offers for ace right-hander Roy Halladay. Might Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who is once again looking to trade for a pitcher, make a call?
“I’m open to talking about anybody,” Melvin said on Tuesday. “I’m also realistic to know that not everybody is available all the time.”
Here is what our MLB.com Blue Jays beat writer, Jordan Bastian, wrote today on that topic:
Halladay’s name has been floated in trade rumors in the past, but this is the first time Ricciardi has openly admitted that he’s willing to consider dealing the right-hander. Halladay is signed through 2010 and Ricciardi has maintained that the Jays plan on discussing a contract extension with the pitcher this coming offseason. …
After learning about Ricciardi’s comments, Halladay met with the media prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Halladay wanted to address the issue once, getting it out of the way with the hope that the development would not become a distraction.
Asked if he was more open to potentially being traded now than in the past, Halladay grimaced and hesitated before answering.
“That’s tough. That’s a tough question to answer, honestly,” Halladay said. “I want to stay here, but I think when an organization is kind of thinking that maybe we kind of want to go this direction, and it’s a situation that suits the team and yourself, then you have to evaluate that and say, ‘Maybe this is the best thing.’ I’m really not in that situation yet.”
Halladay is under contract this season for $14.25 million and is scheduled to make $15.75 million next year in the final season of his current contract. His deal also includes a full no-trade clause.
Melvin wasn’t sure about that last point when he spoke via telephone on Tuesday evening.
“I don’t know his situation, if he has a total no-trade [clause],” Melvin said. “I’d have to get more information.”
Does the fact Halladay would not just be a two- or three-month rental, like CC Sabathia was for the Brewers last year, make him easier or more difficult to discuss?
“What made the CC thing easier was that he didn’t have a no-trade clause and you knew he only had a half-year left on his contract,” Melvin said. “When guys are traded in the middle of long-term deals, they can demand a trade the next year. Those questions all have to be cleared up.”