Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Granderson done. Halladay next for Yanks?

With the trade for Curtis Granderson likely to be officially announced today, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman will turn his attention to other matters. Reportedly in deep negotiations with Andy Pettitte's agents, Cashman will have to multi-task as the Roy "Doc" Halladay talks heat up.
Does the Granderson trade make the Yanks less likely to deal for Halladay? Having given up touted prospect Austin Jackson, starter Ian Kennedy and lefty reliever Phil Coke for Granderson, Cashman may be reluctant to trade away more young players. But he still has the pieces to get Halladay if he wants, with Toronto likely to demand either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes as part of the package.
Plus, the Yankees have the resources to meet Halladay's contract extension demands, likely in the range of CC Sabathia's $23 million per year. The Red Sox have money too, but have never really shown a willingness to outspend the Yanks and are as reluctant as the Yanks, if not more so, to part with their young players.
But the Rivalry puts so much pressure on both teams it's hard to predict their next moves. The Yanks and Red Sox bidding against each other could raise the price so high that the losing team at least has the consolation of knowing that the winner of the Halladay sweepstakes is paying dearly. But whichever team gets Halladay instantly is the favorite to win so the stakes are sky high.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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