After the Phillies reportedly rejected the Blue Jays' opening proposal,
sources tell FoxSports Ken Rosenthal that the Angels have received a
list from Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. Meanwhile, the Phillies continue to monitor other front-line pitching options besides Roy Halladay.
According to Rosenthal's source, Ricciardi has asked the Angels for a four-player package in exchange for ace right-hander Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.62): left-handed starter Joe Saunders, third baseman/shortstop Brandon Wood, shortstop Erick Aybar and either outfield prospect Peter Bourjos, left-hander Trevor Reckling or right-hander Sean O'Sullivan.
The Phils reportedly rejected the Jays opening offer, which included J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown. At least one report suggest the Phils would be willing to part with either Happ or Drabek, but not both. Meanwhile, the latest from the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Phillies are "trying to steer the Blue Jays toward a package led by pitcher Carlos Carrasco and infielder Jason Donald." Neither prospect has had a particularly good season, although Carrasco's ceiling is thought to be as high as any pitcher in the Phillies' chain.
Multiple sources, including ESPN, report that the Phils and Jays are still far apart and a deal is not expected to occur this weekend. Said one executive in reference to the Phillies, "They are not the only game in town," while another report called the Happ-Drabek-Brown offer a fair return for Halladay. “Neither of those guys is ever going to be what Halladay is,” a source told ESPN’s Jayson Stark in reference to Happ and Drabek. “They're prospects, and Halladay is Halladay; he's the best. If Happ and Drabek are not both in the deal, it's not going to happen."
Meanwhile, the Phillies appear to be covering all their bases and will scout Indians ace Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.17) today. The 2008 Cy Young winner is 2-2 with a 2.32 ERA over his last four starts. They also watched Jarrod Washburn (8-6, 2.71) pitch a seven-inning shutout Thursday against the Tigers. The 34 year old is a red-hot 4-0 with a 0.61 ERA in his last four starts. The Mariners have fallen off the pace in the AL West.
Game chat: The Phillies go for their sixth-straight home series win today against the Cardinals. On the mound, the bulldog, Joe Blanton (4.24) brings a 4-1 mark and 2.32 ERA over his last 10 starts to the mound against Todd Wellemeyer (5.68), who has struggled for nearly two months. The Phils hold a commanding 6.5-game lead over the Marlins and Braves, who lost yesterday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.