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|In his first season as the Phillies' GM, Ruben Amaro Jr. could land his team a veteran ace.|
|When it's all said and done, will Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi really trade Halladay? We'll see.|
“"If I were J.P., I'd ratchet up the pressure on everybody right to the [deadline], because if you're trading Roy Halladay, there's no downside to that. The only way his value is going down is if he gets hurt. That's the only way. So for all I know, J.P. may already be satisfied with the offer he's gotten [from the Phillies]. But why would he take it today? If he waits, they may get scared and throw one more guy in, or move one guy out and move a better guy in." The Phillies, on the other hand, may have every reason to back off, tell the world the Blue Jays are making unreasonable demands and make a run at Cliff Lee. But in truth, Halladay is the guy they want and the guy their fans want. "How many times do you get a chance to repeat?" asked one veteran baseball executive this week. "Well, their chance to repeat, to me, depends on whether they can get Roy Halladay. Heck, if they get him, they've got a chance to three-peat." "You're only in the sunlight so long," said an official of another club. "When you have a team like they have, you have to give that team a chance to win again. And one thing about Roy Halladay: He's the surest bet they could ever find for their situation. And they could probably even re-sign him because he lives right there [near their spring training home in Clearwater, Fla.]. I don't see how they could not do this." Hey, it all sounds logical to us. But then again, we're not the ones sitting under the heat lamps in the two general managers' offices. Are we? Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com. His new book, "Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies," was published by Triumph Books and is available in bookstores and online. Click here to order a copy.
How many times do you get a chance to repeat? Well, [the Phillies'] chance to repeat, to me, depends on whether they can get Roy Halladay. Heck, if they get him, they've got a chance to three-peat.” -- A veteran baseball executive