With the Toronto Blue Jays rumored starting asking price being of one of Billingsley, Kershaw or Kemp for Roy Halladay, they seem to be asking a lot of the Dodgers by giving up a major contributor to the active 25 man roster. Especially when you hear that their asking price from the Phillies is probably 4 minor league prospects who have yet to sniff the Majors. Is it possible that Toronto is asking a higher price from the Dodgers than what the Blue Jays are expecting to receive back from the Phillies?
Consider the front office connections. Last year's General Manager of the Phillies was Pat Gillick, who has stayed active in the Philladelphia organization this season as Special Adviser for Baseball Operations. Of course, this is the same Pat Gillick who was General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1978 through 1994. Pat Gillick is remembered as the Genius who assembled the 1992 and 1993 World Series winning Toronto Blue Jays teams. Gillick is still loved and revered in Toronto with a cult like status there comparable to Geddy Lee, Borje Salming, Pinball Clemons or Dave Coulier. So do I think that Toronto Blue Jay CEO Paul Beeston could be doing his good friend and cohort Pat Gillick a solid by giving him Roy Halladay at a price just a bit below what Beeston and Riccardi are asking to receive back from other teams?
I say, without a doubt, eh!
From L to R: Phillies Special Adviser Pat Gillick, Tony Fernandez, Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston