Trade deadline retro: what Halladay would have cost
September 15, 2009 3 Comments
A blurb by Joe McDonald that claims the asking price for Toronto ace Roy Halladay was Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Casey Kelly. Apparently Epstein was willing to include the first two players, but balked at including Kelly in the deal. Kelly has rapidly risen this season to be considered one of the Red Sox top prospects.
That’s three quality arms for Halladay. I remember at the time how dire our rotation was looking, and it would have been easy to pull the trigger, but the front office didn’t panic. In hindsight, with Buchholz pitching the way he has since the deadline, and Halladay at 3-5 with a 3.90 ERA over that span, I think it’s clear that we made the right decision. In fact, you could argue that with Buchholz getting 56.0% grounders this season (compared with Doc’s 50.7%), we have our own little mini-Halladay in the making. Not to mention what that could have done to our bullpen depth.
What do you think, readers? Did the front office make the right call in saying no to J.P. Ricciardi?