Thursday, July 09, 2009

Porcello For Halladay Makes For Better Talk Than It Does Sense

It seems odd Toronto general manager J.P. Riccardi would come out and say Roy Halladay is on the trading block. But Riccardi is one of those "Moneyball" guys who tends to undervalue the meaning of top players in terms of salary.
If there is any player the Blue Jays should pay, it is Halladay. He is the best pitcher - along with Boston’s Josh Beckett - in the strongest division in baseball. The Blue Jays won’t have trouble drawing if they start winning. They sold out every game when they were. Seems like they have become the A’s of the North. It’s sends the wrong message to the fans. And a small market claim by Toronto is ridiculous. Toronto would be the fifth-largest media market if it were located in the United States.
As for all the sports talk radio chatter about the Tigers possibly offering Rick Porcello for Halladay, it is just that: Interesting discussion. It is highly, highly doubtful the Tigers would even consider it.
At this point, a 20-year-old rookie starting pitcher with eight wins by the All Star break and an even brighter future, at much less of a price than Halladay, is baseball’s MVC - Most Valuable Commodity. Strangely, what Porcello has accomplished this season, has surprising been underappreciated by many Tiger fans.
The Phillies and the Dodgers will be the front runners for Halladay because they have the prospects to offer in return.

Random Thoughts

- If Jiri Hudler does, indeed, play in Russia, the Red Wings will be replacing 30 percent of their goal-scoring and 40 percent of their goaltending from last season only with players moving up from the minor leagues. It will be the ultimate test of their vaunted depth. At this stage, though, general manager Ken Holland would be wise to save the team’s remaining cap space for a rainy day. An injury or two - and it will definitely be needed.

- A Lions player few people talk about now, but will a lot in the future is Cliff Avril. He could emerge this season with double digits in sacks. He is a fast, intense player who had an overlooked rookie season (five sacks) because of the Lions’ overall foibles.



Blogger Barry said...

I agree Pat, due to Michigan future economic situation, Porcello is better choice over Halladay due to economic sense. Beside, trading pitchers in the past have burn us badly Trading JJ for Renteria made winning the division a lot harder. I take the Tigers are on the Brave’s Christmas list each year. Moscoso is doing well too. But, he did get one back when he traded for an arm for a potential 4th outfielder. Hey Pat, was there much to the rumour between the Dodgers and Tigers Maggs/Kershaw trade or was that one too far out there?

10:49 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Way out there. The Tigers would trade Mags for an old bag of balls, let alone a young gun like Kershaw.

12:51 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

Hehe, gotta love Jose Beckett. :-)

I definitely wouldn't trade Porcello for Halladay. He's way too good at way too young of an age to think about moving for practically anything, especially a player over 30. For all we know he has hall of fame potential. He's certainly done nothing to show otherwise.

I'd probably move him for Joe Mauer or Albert Pujols if they signed long contract extensions prior to the trade, but that's about it.

2:01 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Micahel C,
Here you on that. Porcello is about as untouchable as it gets.

1:10 AM 

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