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Phillies pushing hard for Halladay deal

Posted on: July 24, 2009 4:37 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2009 4:43 pm
 
Roy Halladay is pitching for the Blue Jays tonight, but scouts from the Brewers and Red Sox left Toronto this morning.

Charley Kerfeld of the Phillies stayed in town to watch.

It's becoming more and more obvious that the Phillies are fully determined to get a Halladay deal done, and also that Philadelphia has the best chance to get him. But two people involved in talks insisted this afternoon that a deal isn't yet close to being completed, and that the Dodgers still have a longshot chance.

As for the chance that the Blue Jays simply keep Halladay, one person involved said today: "It's obvious that they have to move him now."

Philadelphia has always been considered the most likely landing spot for Halladay, because of the players they could give up and also the Phils' desire to add a top starter. The Phillies have scouted Cliff Lee, Erik Bedard, Jarrod Washburn and Jason Marquis, among others, but Halladay was easily at the top of their list from the moment that Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi put him on the market.

Some people familiar with the Phillies have questioned whether club president Dave Montgomery would approve giving up the players and spending the money to get a Halladay deal done, but two sources said today that Montgomery and GM Ruben Amaro "are on the same page."

Even as the Phillies have pulled away in the National League East, their interest in Halladay hasn't waned. Phillies people are driven to try to win a second straight World Series, and they believe that adding Halladay would give them the best chance.

The Brewers have been very interested in adding a pitcher, but they've looked at both starters and relievers; they talked to the Indians about Rafael Betancourt before Betancourt was dealt to the Rockies this week. But a Halladay deal would likely have required trading either Alcides Escobar or Mat Gamel, and the Brewers have shown no willingness to trade away either of their top prospects.

The Phillies have been more open to trading their best minor leaguers, even to the point of talking about pitchers Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ.

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