Another Thing to Consider About Halladay
The Phillies have a few important things to consider as they try to trade for Roy Halladay:
- Which prospects are they willing to give up?
- How many prospects are they willing to give up?
- Can they sign Halladay to a contract extension or does he walk after his contract expires after 2010?
But here is another consideration: Is there a chance Halladay could walk after this season?
Players who signed multiyear contracts before Oct. 2006 can demand a trade, if they are traded in the middle of their deals. Halladay signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Blue Jays in March 2006, which means if Toronto trades him, he can demand a trade in the off-season.
In other words, there is some risk the Phillies could lose Halladay after just a few months of baseball (and after sending several top prospects to the Blue Jays to get him). Because if Halladay demands a trade and the Phillies don’t trade him, Halladay would become an unrestricted free agent March 15.
Halladay also would get to choose six teams in which he would not accept a trade, which would make things even more difficult for the Phillies.
But don’t panic. Players rarely invoke that right. Javier Vazquez requested a trade from the Diamondbacks in 2005, but no other player who has invoked that right immediately comes to mind.
I think this clause is in the back of the Phillies’ minds, but I also don’t think it’s scaring them away. From everything I’ve heard, the Phillies are a leading candidate to land Halladay. They don’t seem to be pulling back. They seem to be pushing forward. That is why the Blue Jays are heavily scouting the Phillies’ farm system these days.
Halladay also sounds like man who wants to play for a winner. I’m not sure why he would not want to stay in Philadelphia if he gets traded here. But it’s just another interesting consideration as the Phillies try to bring him aboard.