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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Updated: November 25, 6:34 PM ET
Report: Red Sox after Halladay

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The Boston Red Sox are ready to deal and they want to see an ace.

Edes: The Race Is On

The Red Sox are in the running for Roy Halladay, but they face lots of competition if they're to acquire one of the game's top pitchers, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes writes. Story

Citing an unnamed source, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that the team is "putting on a full-court press" to acquire Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays.

"They would love to get it wrapped up before the winter meetings [beginning Dec. 7]," the source said, according to the newspaper.

A source told ESPNBoston.com reporter Gordon Edes that there is "nothing" to the timing and urgency mentioned in the report.

The consensus among baseball people is that new Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will get the deal he wants this winter, and if not, he will wait until the trading deadline in July.

Anthopoulos declined comment Wednesday.

Halladay's name was mentioned prominently in relation to the Red Sox at the trade deadline last summer when the Jays said they were shopping the right-hander, but no deal could be worked out and he stayed put.

The six-time All-Star went 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA and 208 strikeouts in 2009, but the Jays finished 75-87 and a whopping 28 games behind the first-place Yankees.

Halladay, who has pitched his entire 12-year career with Toronto, has expressed a desire to win. The Red Sox, Yankees, and Angels have all been mentioned prominently as possible suitors for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.

It's a given the Red Sox's interest in Halladay has diminished little since the summer, when all of their offers were rejected by then-general manager J.P. Ricciardi.