No Drabek, No Halladay? Not Necessarily
I don’t believe that.
Before Roy Halladay became available, the Phillies had three untouchables: Kyle Drabek, Dominic Brown and Jason Knapp. Trade any of those three for Erik Bedard or Brad Penny? No way. Trade any of those three for Halladay? Sure, let’s talk. SI.com reports the Phillies have drawn a line in the sand on Drabek. They reportedly will not trade him. That might be true. The Phillies love Drabek. A front office official from another team told me last week that he considered Drabek to be the best pitcher at the All-Star Futures Game. Drabek is very good. He has top-of-the-rotation potential.
But not including Drabek doesn’t mean a deal can’t be made. It just means the rest of the package changes, which Ken Rosenthal also writes.
No Drabek almost certainly would mean J.A. Happ is included. It also might mean the Phillies have to include Brown or Knapp. Maybe both.
Could the Blue Jays walk away from an offer of Happ, Knapp, Brown or Michael Taylor and another prospect like Jason Donald? That is a pretty serious package. Brown and Taylor are two of the top 25 prospects in baseball according to Baseball America. Knapp is in the top 50. Happ is a National League Rookie of the Year candidate.
And if the Blue Jays can’t trade Halladay before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they will have to trade him in the off-season or next season before the trade deadline. And the longer they wait, the less in return they receive because the team trading for him will have him for less time.
No Drabek, no Halladay?
It’s possible, but I believe if the Phillies insist on keeping Drabek, they still have enough talent to make a deal happen. They just might have to give up more talent overall than if Drabek had been included.
And do I make this trade with the Phillies running away with the NL East? Absolutely. Sure, the Phillies can win the NL East without Halladay. But can they win the World Series? That’s the question people should be asking.
Kyle Kendrick got scratched from today’s start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but Phillies assistant general manager Chuck Lamar said it had “absolutely nothing to do with the trade deadline.”
The Phillies had been considering a roster move and scratched Kendrick in case they needed him to pitch out of the bullpen tonight. Clay Condrey just returned from the DL with a strained oblique. He said he still has some soreness, but that it is “night and day” from how he felt before he went on the DL last month.
An Internet rumor had the Phillies about to trade Kendrick for Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham. That is completely and utterly false, two sources said. The Phillies have called the Nationals about Willingham, just like they have called every team with a righthanded bat for their bench, but no trade is imminent. And as far as I can tell, the Phillies have done nothing more than make the initial call.