Porcello For Halladay Makes For Better Talk Than It Does Sense
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.
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