Friday, July 10, 2009
A double-whammy from SI scribe Jon Heyman: Not only are the Phils thisclose to signing Pedro Martinez, but apparently the Blue Jays are rethinking their whole trade-Roy-Halladay-and-alienate-fanbase strategy:
When teams start down the tricky path of shopping a superstar, they rarely turn back, and the superstar usually goes somewhere else eventually. However, executives who have spoken to the Blue Jays' management team of acting president Paul Beeston and general manager J.P. Ricciardi remain convinced Toronto could still wind up keeping ace pitcher Roy Halladay.
Jays higher-ups have suggested to executives with other teams within the past day or two that they are concerned about the fan backlash in Toronto, which apparently has been significant enough for them to take note.
Here's hoping Wayne Huizenga doesn't try to talk the Jays out of keeping Halladay. The Phillies had been among the likely suitors for Halladay. Later in the article, Heyman discusses Pedro:
Martinez is talking to the Phillies about a contract for the rest of the year after impressing them in a throwing session Tuesday, and his longtime agent Fern Cuza said by phone that Martinez would have a decision by the end of the week.I can't wait to see Pedro in a Phillies uniform, though he will probably be lights-out against the Fish (who can't hit anyone throwing under 90 mph to save their lives - see Moyer, Jaime).