Saturday, November 28, 2009

Halladay paving the way for Yankee trade

Roy "Doc" Halladay has reportedly told the Toronto Blue Jays that he will waive his no-trade clause for a move to the Yankees. This comes as great news to Yankee officials and fans after reports that the hated Red Sox were pushing hard on a Halladay trade.

Now it's time for the Yanks to put on the full-court press with a legitimate offer that will enable Toronto to pull the trigger on a deal and a contract that Halladay can't refuse. Although Brian Cashman is loathe to part with Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, he must if Toronto asks for either one of them (but not both). Halladay will probably ask for at least CC Sabathia money (about $23 million per year), which the Yanks can pay.

During the negotiating window, the Yankees must have AJ Burnett, a Halladay pal from his time in Toronto, and captain Derek Jeter make the case for New York. Not that much of a case needs to be made as Halladay clearly is foaming at the mouth for a chance at a World Series title and must know that the Yanks represent the best opportunity, hence his willingness to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York.

Thanks to kw111786 via Wikipedia for the photo.

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