The ever-evolving pursuit of Roy Halladay turned a little more today.
Rumors are flying around that White Sox GM Kenny Williams is making a “stealth run” at Halladay, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. The White Sox may not be able to add to their payroll, however, due to a large drop in attendance this season. They also may not have the type of prospects the Blue Jays are interested in, mainly because rookie Gordon Beckham is known to be off limits. Williams would likely try to put together a package centered around Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, which isn’t likely to be enough. Though a similar offer nearly netted Padres ace Jake Peavy earlier this year.
The Phillies – also considered to be in the running for Halladay – are reportedly split on whether or not to make an offer for the six-time All-Star. The debate in the front office centers around whether or not the recently signed Pedro Martinez will provide enough of a boost for the stretch run.
After crunching the numbers, Newsday is reporting that if Toronto continues to insist that any trade partner must take Vernon Wells as well, the New York Yankees are likely the only fit. This despite reports that the Blue Jays don’t want to trade Halladay within the division.
Meanwhile, Peter Gammons and Jayson Stark both told Mike and Mike in the Morning they thought the Phillies would be the team to eventually land Halladay. But both said they will likely wait to see if the the price to comes down.