Just Not Our Kyle

21 07 2009

by Michael DeLuca

SI.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies are refusing to part with Kyle Drabek as part of a package to acquire Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay.  Says Heyman, “The latest word from a source familiar with Philadelphia’s thinking is that the front-running Phillies have decided they will not include top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek in a four-player package for superstar pitcher Roy Halladay, perhaps raising the chances that Halladay will be dealt elsewhere or maybe even stay with the Jays. The Phillies are believed to have told Toronto of their Drabek decision, but if they haven’t yet they will inform the Jays very soon.

Philadelphia has a bevy of respectable prospects, but opinions around baseball vary as to how decent the deal might be for Toronto without the inclusion of Drabek. The two teams have been discussing prospects, including outfielder Michael Taylor, shortstop Jason Donald and pitcher Carlos Carrasco. One AL exec flatteringly referred to Taylor as “a beast,” but another competing executive opined that Toronto would be unwise to deal with Philly and fail to come away without either Drabek or Jason Knapp, another pitching prospect. Yet another exec says they absolutely have to receive outfielder Dominic Brown if they can’t get Drabek. In any case, the Phillies appear to be drawing a line below Drabek, and with them starting to run away in the NL East thanks to nine straight victories, it’s almost understandable. Their need doesn’t appear to be quite so urgent now.”

PCPTAKE:  I agree with Heyman.  My stance has been all along that Drabek should not be included in ANY deal.  A package of Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and either Dominic Brown or Michael Taylor should be more than enough for the Blue Jays to make the move.  With the July 31st trade deadline raplidly approaching, more and more quality starting pitchers are going to become available by the day.  If the Jays truly plan on moving Halladay, they’d be wise to do it sooner rather than later.

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21 07 2009
tango

“A package of Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and either Dominic Brown or Michael Taylor should be more than enough for the Blue Jays to make the move.”

I’d have to agree, that’s a pretty nice haul for Toronto and a good move for the Phils as well.

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